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“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” ~ W.C. Fields

The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Exodus 17:1 (NIV)

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him think. Horses aren’t the most intelligent animals on earth but they’re smarter than fish. For example, you hardly ever see a horse splashing in the water, bucking its back, and trying to throw a flashy fishing lure from its mouth. A bridle bit, sure, but a lure? Never. Now where was I going with this thought? Oh yeah. Horse sense and why the key to rodeo roping is keeping the horse between you and the ground.

When it comes to intelligence, humans and apes rank near the top. In some elite circles apes are actually considered smarter than people, but then people are doing the judging—people who, by their own admission are dumber than apes. Makes you wonder why apes don’t become college professors, devise their own tests, and rank our intelligence. Now where was I going with this thought? Oh yeah. Common sense and why it’s not so common.

I’ve been thinking about humans and horses and how we’re both led around by something. A bit, a sin, a nudge from God. During these past few months I thought I was following God’s voice. But when I reached my desert of sin, my camp in Rephidim, I found the springs dry. That’s what’s striking about this Exodus passage. God led His people to a dry hole.

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