Cooperating with God

“I will … teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle.”

Psalm 32:8-9 NIV

The Bible makes it clear: God wants to bless and protect us. He longs to instruct and guide us. But if we want these blessings, we need to cooperate with Him and do things His way.

Tragically, some people are like the horse or mule, animals led from place to place by a bit and bridle. Like these animals, many people refuse to cooperate with Him and reject His instructions. Some think He is a tyrant or just don’t recognize how much He loves them and wants the best for them.

The Bible reminds us that God has a plan for our lives and wants us to fulfill our potential. But this means cooperating with Him, like a good pupil who willingly cooperates with an expert teacher. Don’t resist His help or be reluctant but be eager to learn from Him, to do things His way.

We also need to recognize that God desires that we mature as people and Christians. He wants us to advance from being infants to spiritual maturity. This means that He might lead us to new experiences and challenges. The choice is up to us. We can cooperate and let Him teach us. Or we can be like the horse and mule that are stubborn and closed-minded.

In your life, decide to cooperate with God. Surrender your life to Him. Seek to obey His Word. Let Him guide you.


Father, I desire to cooperate with You. I submit my life to You. Teach me. Direct my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.