Testing, Makes Us Fit for Use
Job 23:10 KJV
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
When working with a horse that has never been ridden, trainers will lead a horse into a round pen to assist them in training. A horse that is not broken is not useable. The testing (training) in the round pen will either cause the horse to trust the trainer, or rebel against him. The purpose in utilizing a round pen in training is to help produce a horse that is fit for use.
To teach a horse to accept ridding gear, the trainer will rub the bridle on the face and neck of the horse. He will put the reins on his ears and let the horse feel every part of the bridle. As the trainer encourages the horse with soft words and gentle pats, it assures the horse that he is safe from harm. Sometimes, a horse will rebel during this conditioning time and the trainer will cause the horse to run in the round pen to get his attention. The horse needs to understand that when he does not obey or yield, there are consequences for his wrong decisions. The consequence being: running in circles in the round pen. When the horse gets tired of running, the trainer will stop him with his body position prompting the horse to come towards him. (One of the distinctive qualities a horse trainer must possess, while training an unbroken horse especially, is trust–––the horse must trust the trainer).
As our Lord has us in the round pen of life, we too, are running until we tire of our rebellious life and look to Him. The Lord’s encouraging words sooth our hearts and make us feel safe in His care. All of the testings, and trials of our faith are what is needed to bring us to the point of brokenness. In brokenness, we are ready for the Master’s use (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
Lord, help me to trust You in testing.