I had the distinct honor last week of meeting a young man who is a bull rider. He walked into our home church after being invited by one of our members. The two men met at a Waffle House the night before, now he is sitting in a room with people he does not know. Our discussion topic was not bull riding, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to ask the young man to share with us one thing about bull riding we would not know. He could of said anything, but what he said I will never forget. He said, when I first started bull riding, I was put on a small bull and I learned how to out muscle the bull, but when I got put on a big bull, I could not out muscle the bull so I had to unlearn those bad habits of trying to out muscle it and learn how to ride it if I was going stay on it.
How often do we as believers try to out muscle God? We think we know what we are doing, where we are going, how we should be spending or saving, we try to out muscle God and then wonder why we don’t know how to walk by faith or by the Spirit. The church has been riding a small bull called religion or the world. We have learned how to out muscle religion/the world, but God is not religion or the world, God is the big bull and if we don’t learn how to ride Him, follow Him, obey Him, listen to Him, we are going to find the supernatural lifestyle very challenging. Those who know how to walk by faith, have relearned many things. Just like my friend the bull rider had to do.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We need to relearn somethings, one being we are not in control, God is. We are not as smart as we think we are, and may we never forget to truly walk with God we must remember, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). My new friend said, riding the bigger bull is so much more fun, because I am no longer control. Great wisdom from a young man who is a big bull rider.