Thought for the day #257
REBELLIOUS OR JUST STUBBORN?
1 Samuel 15:23 (New American Standard Bible)
23 “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.”
Rebellious, or just stubborn? Is there really any difference?
Our human nature is saturated with the desire to be totally self-sufficient and independent. We wish to be subject to no one. We resist authority. Directives given unto us become twisted to our own motivations and purpose.
We will do what we must, but we will be sure to do it our way, and in our time. This is nothing short of rebellion. There is a fine line between stubbornness and rebellion.
Most equate stubbornness to persistence or determination, but never rebellion. Actually, most stubbornness is rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of divination (witchcraft). No excuse can erase its terrible penalty.
King Saul was approached by the prophet Samuel, because of his rebellion against the directive of God. Though blaming others, he was found guilty of rebellion. All of the excuses he could muster did not erase the demanded penalty. He lost his kingdom. The blessing of God was replaced with the curse of God.
Let us be careful to avoid such entrapment. Our nature is very susceptible to the same arrogant, carnal rebellion that Saul experienced. We may rationalize or justify our decisions and attitudes, but be sure that the fruit of rebellion is unavoidable.
The attitude of rebellion will bring ultimate destruction. Whether against God, family members, or even those in authority over us, we will pay a great price for a rebellious spirit. Rebellion always brings rejection.
Almighty God in heaven, my carnal nature sometimes overwhelms me. Forgive me for being rebellious and resentful. Help me to become submissive to you and sensitive to others. Let my heart be softened and yielded to your directives. Help me to stop resisting your will. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.