This passage contains an interesting and powerful contrast. Sinful human action is like a war horse, charging into battle. What is such a charge like? It is determined and direct. It is forceful, intent on driving through every obstacle. It is directed by a distinct purpose, the fulfillment of the rider’s own intention. It is intended to take the initiative, to set its own agenda and gain control of the circumstances. God defines this self-assertion as sinful.
It is contrasted to the migrations of the stork and the thrush. Their chief characteristic is their responsiveness. It is of these migrations that they do not initiate but respond to another’s initiative. They are the model of faithful discipleship.
© 2010 Gary A. Chorpenning