Obedience and submission, stubbornness and rebellion were the hardest lessons for me to learn. It was always may way or not at all. I went around that circle time and time and time again. The Lord kept bringing the test back and He would sit back and wait for me to give my thoughts to Him so that He could have His way. I love how Susan and Asa always said that when we are being given the lessons, the Teacher is always there. When it is time for the test, it’s like crickets…I hear chirping and nothing else. I had to learn this lesson then put it into practice every single day. Sometimes I got an A, most days I failed miserably. But it’s not how I fall, it’s how I get back up!! Some days I would knock myself down and have to pull myself up off the floor and try all over again. It’s just part of life. God DEMANDS that I give up my own way and be pliable in HIS hands! IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME!
Webster defines stubborn as difficult to handle, manage, or treat; unreasonably or perversely unyielding. It defines rebellious as refusing to obey rules or authority or to accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.; having or showing a tendency to rebel; resisting treatment or management. Both of those described me!! I put that in past tense because it’s not who I am anymore thanks to the patient people God puts in my life to help me deal with my persistent disobedience.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 – Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.
I used to think I was just strong-minded but that is not the case at all. As long as I am rebelling, I am going against all that God has planned for me. If my heart isn’t in it, then I am just being hollow and empty. Without true obedience there is no proper respect for the people around me and in turn for the Lord.
My decisions and my rebellion and my bad attitude affects EVERYONE around me. Jesus was obedient, and now I can trade my sin for His righteousness and stop being such a nuisance to those in authority over me. Joyce Meyer says, “Obedience closes the gates of hell and opens the windows of heaven.” AMEN!
Who am I to think that I have it so much together that I can put down and rebel against every thing that comes my way when the Lord is at work it me? His ways and His thoughts should be my ways and my thoughts. I am nothing without Him anyway.
I fight against my own mind and my own thoughts, when ALL I must do is turn my thoughts over to Jesus and become obedient to His word. It’s a struggle for someone who has been rebelling for over 20 years. There is no point in rebellion. NONE. It gets me nowhere. I wish I could say I had this down pat, but it’s still a battle for me from time to time. I thank God every day for sending people my way who help me walk away from the plank and back onto to the majestic ship of the Lord!
You can read 1 Samuel 14-17 about Jonathan’s attack of the Philistines, God’s rejection of Saul, the annointing of King David, and David and Goliath at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #1Samuel
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from
1 Samuel 17:34-37 – But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
The lion looked like opposition, but it was really opportunity in disguise! Every single thing that comes our way, is an opportunity from the Lord, no matter how fierce it seems!
Related Scriptures: Romans 5:19; Isaiah 55:8-9; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6