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Contending With Horses

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“How shall you contend with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5)

Jeremiah, a young man facing opposition and growing increasingly impatient in the process, complained to the Lord about the injustice in life — the wicked prosper, and the righteous suffer, and God seems to sit back in silence. “Lord, I have a problem here – why do the wicked prosper, and the faithless always succeed?”

Have you ever wanted to say something to God along those lines? Before you do, you should hear how He answered young Jeremiah’s complaint.

“Jeremiah,” the Lord said, “if you get tired in a race against people, how can you possibly run against horses? And if you complain in fields of ease, what will happen when your encounter the high tides of the turbulent Jordan?”

horses 3There God goes again, speaking in riddles. What on earth does this mean? He is telling Jeremiah that tough times are ahead, and these present difficulties are only preparing him for the steeper climb. And the question God puts to him is the same we ourselves must answer in our ever darkening world.

And even though the wicked may seem to have it made now; in that day when their world comes crashing down around them, will you have what it takes to stand?

If we cannot handle the inconvenience of the smaller thing, then how shall we meet the challenge of the greater thing? If we stumble over that which is now before us, how shall we advance to that which is yet beyond us?

To be sure, the Lord wants us to make measured moves to greater levels of opportunity and responsibility, but the climb is beset with necessary challenges that can only be mounted by an unflinching faith. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. said, “Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.”

None but those who contend with horses.

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  1. April 20th, 2014 at 19:50 | #1

    You are speaking my heart i.e. what has been on my heart. My concern is that those who are taught to ‘come to Jesus and everything will come out to your benefit’ will not be able to stand when the pressure is brought to bear on where our commitment actually lies.

  2. Ann Jackson
    April 21st, 2014 at 10:14 | #2

    How true! We don’t like being pressed on all sides….it’s not FUN…..there’s no light sometimes, and the experience calls for all our strength and emotional might….and sometimes we lose sight of the beauty of the snow capped mountains, or on the coast, we cannot see the ocean even if we are very close to it! I see people all around me who are constantly having FUN and their lives seem peachy all the time…..They seem to handle things so much better, but I find that they have no substance and do not know so much about what is going on around them in our country and they have no relationship with God. After all, this IS New England!! Definitely the frozen chosen………even Christian ministries and musicians don’t seem to want to be here!! A Christian concert is few and far between!! So, yes, God needs to make us tough in “such a time as this” and our faith must be increased through experiencing HIS solutions and His healing and His way and NOT OUR OWN…………it is very difficult to LET GO and LET GOD! Isn’t it? So very hard. Praise God…His way is better than ours!!

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