A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back. (Proverbs 26:3)
What does it take for you to do what you are supposed to do? Better yet, what does it take for you to do what you know to do?
There are two things that enhance desire: hunger and discipline. If we are hungry enough, we will work as hard as we need to in order to achieve our goals. Or, if we are disciplined enough, we will strive to accomplish our endeavors.
Therefore, let us whip ourselves into shape, bridle our tongues and accept the rod of correction. Obedience never needs to be chastised. A well-trained horse is never whipped. A skilled donkey needs no bridle, and a repentant fool avoids the rod.
If we simply do the things we know to do, we are on our way to liberty. If we learn to do the things we should, we are succeeding at our calling. As Jesus told the apostle Paul, “It is hard to kick against the goads.”(1)