The Colt

Sunday, April 2, 2023
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Luke 19:30-31 – Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, "Why are you untying it?" you shall say this: "The Lord has need of it." (ESV)

Many years ago, when finances were always tight, I was perusing the Sears catalogue and came across an absolutely perfect bathing suit in a stunning orange. I really needed a new suit, and this was my colour. It was also priced affordably. I could manage this.

As I was preparing to phone in my order, however, the Lord spoke to me, and I felt Him leading me to forego that marvellous suit in favour of sending the money to a specific cause that He brought to my mind.

Mmmm, this was not something that I wanted to do. With two young children at home and an income that barely made ends meet, I was very seldom able to purchase anything new for myself. And I really wanted that swimsuit. However, I could not afford to buy that suit and give the money as well.

After taking some time to think and pray about the situation, however, I decided to do what God had laid upon my heart, and to do it with a good attitude. In other words, I gave up my colt because the Lord had need of it.

I have often thought about the people who owned the colt that Jesus had need of. Perhaps it was their only colt. Did they know that they would get him back? What were their feelings about Jesus? Did they believe in Him, or did they let the colt go out of fear? Was it an easy decision or a difficult one to let the colt go? Did they see Jesus riding their colt in His triumphal entry and rejoice, or did they feel resentful that their colt had been taken by His disciples?

These are things that we do not know, although one day, we will. But in the meantime, I still think about them and those words, "The Lord has need of it," words which I believe He still speaks to each and every one of us daily. They sound something like this: "I, the Lord, have need of your helping hand today to encourage and care for the downtrodden. I need your thoughts and words to be kind and generous in spite of the difficult situation that you are in. I need your money and talents to further My kingdom worldwide. I need your time for prayer and fasting and study, that you might grow and become even more successful for Me here, where you are in this world but not of it. In other words, I have need of your 'colt'."

And what will be our response? Will we hold tight and refuse to untie it, or by faith, hand it over gladly, for the Lord has need of it?

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You have need of our "colts". Thank You that we have the opportunity to offer them up to You and to reap the blessings of obedience and humble service. Empower us today to untie and gladly give over to You whatever we have that You have need of. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Lynne, for the absolutely perfection devotional.

    Lynne, this devotional contains an important paradoxical insight, the LORD (who could call ten-thousand angels) has “needs”.

    I always enjoy your devotionals but this one is exceptional and speaks directly to the heart.
    Thank you.

    Oh Lynne, thank you so much for sharing this perspective of the ‘colt’! It never occurred to me before to ponder that in personal terms. What a blessing! Thank you so much!

    Hello Lynne. This a good, thoughtful, and thought-provoking devotional. I have also wondered about those people and that moment. Thank you! God’s word is always fresh as it speaks to us.
    Blessings and Happy Easter!

    Hi Lynne
    This is a great analogy. I must start to look at things in this new perspective to see if I have been missing something the Lord might have been nudging me to do or say.
    Thank you and God Bless.

    Dear Lynne,
    Your Palm Sunday devotion brings us to the actual scene with such clarity that we are almost there with our questions.
    Thank you for such a clear challenge. May we all examine ourselves to see in what way we can give our “colt.”

    Dear Lynne,
    Thanks so much for your devotional which really spoke to my heart this morning. I had never thought of those questions before of the owners of the colt. My thought as a child was that they had heard of Jesus and were so delighted that He would ride their colt. And I guess I had really never thought of an alternative. Something to ponder today.
    God bless you, Lynne. I always enjoy your Devotionals.

    Good morning, Lynne,
    Well I guessed from the title that the devotional might have been from you. I was right in one respect, but very wrong in another respect.
    I had tears in my eyes by the time I finished reading your powerful devotional. I know you have a strong faith, but I was still amazed that you could make the choice you made. I wondered if I would have been able to in your circumstances. I know I always gain encouragement from your devotionals and usually a smile or two. In the end, I did smile because I know I was meant to hear this message and to gain more understanding.
    Thank you for sharing and even though you are busy getting ready for a big move, you are dedicated to writing devotionals for all of us to benefit. Blessings.

    This is a big question – How do we use our time and money?

    Hi Lynne, received this article from a friend, enjoyed it and prayed it. Thanks so much.

    Good one Lynne
    I always know it’s you writing before I even get to the end!

    Good morning, Lynne,
    Thank you for your good words. A good reminder that we should share.

    Hi Lynne, This was an interesting take on the story of the ‘colt’. Something completely new to me. I liked it!
    Wishing you a Blessed Easter!

    Thank you, Lynne. Wonderful message as always.


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