Is The Headless Horseman Real?
Read Leviticus Chapter 26
Lev 26:17 I will set My face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.
Lev 26:36 “ ‘As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them. 37 They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.
Pr 28:1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Have you ever experienced the feeling that you are being pursued? Did it turn out to be true, or was no one in pursuit? Children have unreasonable fears at times. They are afraid of what’s under the bed, or what’s over in that dark corner or inside a dark closet. Even adults are vulnerable to unreasonable fears at times. Some people are always thinking about the harm that “might” come to them from unknown assailants, even in situations when there is no danger. In this passage, God sets up a scenario which can bring about a fear of someone in pursuit, but it’s for a good purpose.
Sin does that to us sometimes. As Christians, we know that God will not allow us to continue in willful disobedience. Therefore, when we willfully sin, refusing to repent, we are always looking over our shoulder wondering when God is going to “get us.” I’m going to get personal again. There have been times in my life when this happened to me. I wonder if God sometimes doesn’t just sit back and does nothing, letting us languish in our sinful state, allowing our fear of discipline to BECOME our discipline. Sometimes we might wish that God just go ahead and discipline us instead of allowing us to continue to dread it.
Whatever God does in those situations, His main purpose is to bring us to repentance and restoration with Him. His love for us is so strong, so sure, so unfailing, that He uses whatever measures are necessary to bring us back to reality. How much better off we would be if we simply stayed on course with Him and His commands? We could save ourselves a lot of trouble just by refusing to give in to the temptations of our enemy. We would not get into this kind of trouble if we put on the breastplate and helmet we talked about yesterday, and kept them on.
Read the first 13 verses of Leviticus chapter 26. They give us good reason to remain firmly planted on God’s pathway. That is so much easier than the road back to God after we have gone astray. But we are a stubborn people and sometimes have to re-learn that valuable lesson in our spiritual lives.
Pr 6:23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life,
Prayer: Father, I wish were not so weak. Thank You for loving us so much that You will not allow us to leave Your presence without disciplining us. We know that You will pursue us and bring us back to You. Remind us of how unpleasant discipline can be, each time we are tempted. We know it is much better to stay attached to You than to dread what comes when we stray.