Final Thoughts on Psalm 32:8-9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. NKJV
Life is filled with choices and decisions. Sifting through many options and attempting to make wise choices can be overwhelming. Is this choice what God wants for my life? Will I regret this decision later? The uncertainty of it all can frustrate us. How does God teach and advise us, and how can we know which choice is correct?
The answer is: God instructs and advises us through the Bible, His holy word. All scripture is “God-breathed” and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that we may be completely prepared to make the correct choices and decisions in life (II Tim. 3:16-17). This requires study of the word of God on our part that we may know and understand the will of God for our lives (II Tim. 2:15). It also requires willingness on our part to listen and obey when the Lord gives us counsel (Psalm 119:24, 105).
Instead of searching the scriptures and waiting on an answer from the Lord, we often challenge his timing on guidance. We want to know what to do now, immediately! Our scripture passage above assures us that God will instruct, teach, and guide or counsel us; but it will be on His terms—which usually involves waiting and obedience. God expects us to listen to His word and learn from His directions what choices or decisions we are to make.
Horses and mules may look intelligent with their big soulful eyes, but they are stubborn and willful. In order to make them go in the direction you intend, a bit and bridle are necessary. If they start to stray, a sharp snap and pull on the reins bring a painful reminder that they are not in charge. Sometimes the Lord has to use a bit and bridle on us! When facing tough decisions, remember and be thankful that you are not alone in the process. Charles Morris