I passed by a horse tied to a fence post at an Amish’s house. The fence was located fairly close to the road. The horse was tied outside the fence. I thought it may have been a visitor’s horse which had been secured so that it could graze.
I was the last vehicle of a short caravan which passed by in swift succession. The horse reacted by nervously prancing and squirming in an effort to break free and run.
On my return trip, the animal demonstrated the same nervous efforts to free itself. I realized that the rope securing the horse was not long enough to allow for grazing. The owner had purposely placed the horse near the road so that it could experience some close encounters with motorized vehicle traffic. He was hoping that the controlled encounters would condition the horse to the sights and sounds of cars and trucks, so that when called upon to pull a family buggy down the highway, the animal would not bolt or nervously veer off the pavement each time an automobile passed by.
The instincts of the horse correctly produced a fear of the dangerous vehicles. But the trainer wanted the horse to overcome those fears through repetitious exposure in a relatively safe and controlled environment. The more the horse experienced cars and trucks passing by him without hurting him, the more likely he would come to accept the automobiles as just another animal and the encounters as harmless, natural occurrences of life.
Spiritually, there are many things in this world to which both natural instincts and taught morals correctly produce concern and fear. These activities are dangerous and run a high risk of causing major emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual damage to our lives. Satan realizes that he cannot immediately throw us into close encounters with these hazards or we will follow our instincts and run.
What does he do?
He lures us through the gate and secures us just outside the fence, so that we can repetitiously experience several moderate close encounters with the threats in a controlled environment. He does not want these initial encounters to adversely affect us. He knows that over time, we will begin to accept his insistence that these things aren’t really dangers, but just a natural part of life. He knows that through repetitious exposure, we will believe him when he says that true freedom means running along side those involved in the dangerous activities.
Some times we survive numerous close encounters without being affected. But many times, those original fears prove to be true, and that which we so nervously initially tried to flee destroys us in a head-on collision.
“1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. 6 For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, 7 and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, 8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house 9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. 10 And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. 11 She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. 13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, 14 “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; 15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. 16 I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. 19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; 20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.” 21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life. 24 And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, 26 for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death. ” (Proverbs 7:1-27)
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