Do you have stubbornness against God?
So, right now you may be wondering what I mean by the question above. Well, I mean that I want you to ask yourself if there is any part of you that denies God’s great power? Is there any part of you that sometimes sees the information in the Bible as just stories? Do you think there is a part of you that believes you know yourself better than God knows you? I know that I struggle with these questions and many more questions like them! I want to share a story in the Bible where a group of people held their stubborn hearts to God. Eventually, refusing to believe in certain truths lead them to not being able to access salvation.
The stubborn hearts of Israel…
There was a group of people from Israel who sought out righteousness from God. They really believed that they could work their way to Heaven. They were not buying into being saved by grace or faith. In Romans 10: 14-21, Paul is sharing the good news of Heaven with people of Israel. He shares the gospel of Jesus: that we don’t have to try to earn Heaven, we are simply given the gift of salvation.
Unfortunately, because of their stubborn hearts, they refused to believe what was being told to them. In Romans 11:1-10, we read that these people of Israel chose to refuse and refuse. Because of that, no matter what was going to be said to them and no matter what miracles were to be performed in front of them they wouldn’t be able to see it because they wouldn’t believe it.
How does this story apply to us?
I think that many of us live life with at least a little stubbornness against God and His power. Like Israel, we will eventually not be able to see or believe the miraculous things happening in front of us. Let me explain further…
When you pray, do you really believe what you are praying? Do you believe that God has the power to answer it? This is something that I believe many of us struggle with. What happens to our stubborn hearts during prayer is that we start to not pray about certain things because we just don’t think it is possible to fix, or we give up praying because we get too impatient with God’s timing. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24).
Without the belief of the power of prayer, there is not faith.
One of the things I am probably most stubborn about day-to-day is believing all of God’s promises for my life. God has made hundreds of promises, good and perfect promises for our lives, if we just believe. These promises include:
My favorite verse: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20).
or… “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
There are many more like these throughout the Bible. If we are able to believe these promises with our full hearts, not with stubborn hearts, they will happen. God keeps His promises.
That still small voice:
Alright, so we all know that still small voice that urges us to step out of our safe, comfortable quiet box where we can love Jesus from inside our circle. I know that I can be extremely stubborn to that still small voice. Many times we believe that what we are hearing that voice say has to be wrong, “There is no way I can just go up to that co-worker and start talking about Jesus,” “There’s no way I can start donating that much money every month,” “I can’t spend that much time reading my Bible everyday.” But that still small voice, that’s God. God is ALWAYS right, even if we can’t see it at that moment.
To wrap it all up, this stubbornness creates barriers against our God-given gifts and path in life. We limit our potential when we don’t let God into our full hearts. When we pray we must believe in God’s power. As we travel through life, we must trust His promises. When we hear that still small voice, we must understand that God’s plan is better than our own. So, let God melt your heart and just give it all to Him!