May 25, 2016
As a boy, we always had horses on the farm. Some were quite gentle, others were just looking for a reason to hurt you. The ornery horses would use their teeth, hooves, tail, head...anything to prove who was boss. As a result, we always made certain we were not giving any additional reasons for their bad behavior.
Maybe you have heard the expression, 'A burr under the saddle.' If a horse does have a burr under the saddle you are not going to have a pleasant ride! That animal will do everything possible to get you out of the saddle and relieve the pressure and pain the burr is causing.
Here's the application, you will never see a burr under the saddle, you can only feel it. You have to take the saddle and saddle blanket off to find the source of irritation.
Sometimes we need to take a hard look at our lives. We need to check for burrs. If we find ourselves angry for no good reason-you may have a burr under the saddle. If you find yourself discouraged-you may have a burr under the saddle. If you find yourself ready to quit-you may have a burr under saddle. If you find yourself moving from one confrontation to another-you may have a burr under the saddle.
One thing I know for sure, at some point this week you will have a burr under the saddle. The remedy is to take a hard look at what is hidden. Expose it and let God do a new work in you!
James tells us true faith understands there are burrs under the saddle. True faith searches for the source of irritation and addresses it. I have found if I allow anything crowd out my time in the Word and prayer, I am going to have a burr under the saddle. If I allow disappointment to rule my life, I will have a burr under the saddle. If I throw a pity party, I will have a burr under the saddle.
So when something is really bothering you, circumstances, temptation, another person, strip the saddle, remove the blanket and take a close look at what you haven't previously seen. James says a disciple (a doer of the Word) is one who is not afraid to take inventory, and then make required changes in his life to please God. James 1:23-25(NKJV) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Today, be a doer of the Word, find the source of irritation and DO something about it!