Has anyone ever called you stubborn? I’ve heard it more than I’d like to admit. It’s definitely easy for me to become set in my ways and resist change.
When I was younger, I viewed this characteristic as an attribute. My stubbornness enabled me to stand up for what I believed and told others to back off if their ideas differed from mine. I wore my obstinacy like a shield that protected me…or so I thought.
Back then, I navigated life with my own compass. I determined where, when and how I’d move through life. That mentality got me nowhere, and helped me lose a few friends along the way.
Maybe it’s because I looked up to people who were known for their “hardened” demeanor. Maybe it was because I'm the oldest child of four and have always felt a certain need to be in control. Whatever the reason, prior to becoming a believer, I was proud of being stubborn.
While reading Isaiah 48, I was reminded that our stubborn nature is nothing new. "I know how stubborn and obstinate you are. Your necks are as unbending as iron. You are as hardheaded as bronze.” (v. 4)
In spite of this reality, the Lord makes it clear that he loves us to no end. All of us “have been rebels from (our) earliest childhood, rotten through and through” (v. 8). This fact remains constant throughout time, from Adam and Eve in the garden to present day. We are always diverting from the clear-cut laws given to us by our Heavenly Father.
Sometimes baseball tempts me to forget what God expects of me, and I find myself trying to carve my own path. Knowing this weakness, I pray that I don’t fall victim to this temptation. I’ve learned to seek quiet times when I can truly refocus on the Word and align myself with the Lord’s plan.
Isaiah 48:17 is an awesome promise! I rest soundly in knowing that I don’t need to question what is right or wrong. When in doubt, I turn to Scripture for answers so clear they are irrefutable.