23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward
This morning, my husband offered to take Noel (our Mini Poodle) out for her morning constitution while I stayed in bed. Bundled up in covers, I have to admit that was nice, so I thankfully agreed
A few minutes later, I found myself getting out of bed anyway because I heard him yelling, clapping, snapping, attempting to get her to come back. “You can’t yell her back,” I told him, and there the idea for today’s devotional originated.
We all are stubborn and want our own way. Even the most unselfish person you know has been guilty of this sometimes. Don’t take my word for it, just look at the Word of God and see how even those considered “godly” fell into the pit of selfishness at some point.
Below, take a look at two snapshots of stubbornness and a reminder of consequences.
Genesis 16:1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
Jonah 1 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.7 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Please forgive us of our stubborn nature
You are so gracious, Lord
What a loving and merciful Father You are!
As we sit in the belly of the whale
Please let us realize when faced with the consequences of our actions
You allow them for our benefit
Because You love us
Situations, both positive and negative
Help us develop into mature, responsible believers
Please help us to learn to let go of our stubborn willfulness
And yield to You, O God
Please let us go where You lead
Stay where You put us
We want to know that we are where You want us to be, Father
Please give us peace
We ask for a spirit of contentment
Only You can give
And let us not reject it, assuming that because it is not comfortable to us, it must not be of You
Show us, Lord, that where we are and what we are doing is aligned with Your will
And we ask for wisdom and courage to accept Your answer
Courage and perseverance to go, stay or wait, in obedience to You
In the Name of Jesus we pray
“Who Am I?”
CREDITS:God the Father, Christ the Son, Holy Spirit, Scriptures
chapters and verses from the Word and life experiences of family and friends
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TO GOD BE THE GLORY for opportunity and ability to share His Words