Every horse that has the potential to be a champion, to be ridden, to be showcased, or to be used to pull something must be broken. When horses are born they are wild, they are reckless, they are unbroken. An unbroken horse is useless for service, but is comfortable, content and craves the wild. Wild horses run free, they have no rules, no constraints, no boundaries, but they also have no rider. An unbroken horse cannot be ridden, cannot be controlled, cannot be used in palaces, race tracks, stables or commercials. Unbroken horses must be broken in order to be ridden.
Revelation 19:11 says, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True…”
One of the scenes John saw in his heavenly visions was that of a white horse, whose rider was Jesus Himself, the verses go on to talk about the armies of God, following him, also riding on white horses. Every horse that has a rider on it, is a horse that has been broken, from the white horse in Revelation 19 to the newest Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. A horse without a rider is unbroken and this is where we all started, but God in his wisdom, found a way to get us close enough to Him, so He could break us.
Once we are in the hands of the Master Trainer, Jesus, He must put a bit and bridle in our mouth. But His desire is not to keep it in our mouth, as Psalm 32:9 says, “Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.” You see some horses never leave the bit and bridle stage, because they will not obey without being forced to do so.
But the Lord’s desire is to train you with bit and bridle so you have understanding, so you are broken. A broken horse is one that hears the voice of God and obeys immediately, there is no resistance, no rebellion, no reason to control them by bit and bridle. Even though horses have a rider on them, if they still have a bit and bridle on them, then they are not safe without those constraints.
Jesus has been breaking horses, you may feel as though this is what you have been going through. You have wanted to quit, you may have stopped and said, I have a rider on me, I can live with the bit and bridle, but I am here to tell you, He is breaking you not only so He can ride you, but so He can showcase you like a Clydesdale, so He can make you a triple crown champion like American Pharoh, and so He can use you to pull chariots. His desire is to get glory with you, but for that to happen He must break you. Many have been in pasture, in the stable, in the pen and it can be frustrating, but He is breaking you, He is training you, He is preparing you to cross the Jordan.
Jeremiah 12:5 says, “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”
You’re a horse, Jesus is your jockey and your trainer, you’re in God’s hands, don’t worry He would not put this much work into you if He did not know you were a champion, so take heart, He’s just breaking horses.