Stubborn and obstinate

Re: Verse reading–Ezekiel 1:28; 2:1-10; 3:1-4 (day six) 
“I am sending you to. . . stubborn and obstinate children.”  (2:4)  It was more verdict than compliment.  When God described the people of Judah, He focused on their pride, their resistance to change.  I have recently become aware of this same stubbornness in my own life.  I am slow  to respond to the voice of the Spirit if the direction is not what I want.  Unconsciously, habitually, I prefer my will over His, turning to Him as a “last resort”, only when I have tried everything else.  Dangerous!  The human heart is not naturally soft to the Spirit.  Unless I HUMBLE MYSELF, my ego will stay unchallenged and in charge.  James describes the painful process.   “Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom.  Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  (James 4:9-10)  Repentance from self is the painful grace of God.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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