DAY 30 – STUBBORNNESS
THE ETERNAL SACRED ORDER OF THE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM
DAY 30 – STUBBORNNESS
TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 30:7-8
STUBBORNNESS is perverse and unreasonable obstinacy; inflexibility; contumacy. A fixedness in opinion or resolution that cannot be shaken at all, or not without great difficulty; firm and usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose or system; a fixedness that will not yield to persuasion, arguments or other means. Stubbornness comes out of pride – we think our way is best, or at least we want others to think that, so we refuse to give in. Stubbornness is not a respecter of others’ thoughts or ideas. When we know what God wants and refuse to do it, we show our stubborn rebellious nature against God. Stubbornness is being unyielding, refusing to move, and refusing to change. It is hardened resistance to others or to God Himself. Not only that, stubbornness usually keeps us from doing what is best for us, and thus in the end we hurt ourselves.
STUBBORNNESS IS EXHIBITED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS – Refusing to hearken to God – Pr 1:24; Refusing to hearken to the messengers of God – 1Sam 8:19; Jer 44:16; Zec 7:11; Refusing to walk in the ways of God – Neh 9:17; Ps 78:10; Isa 42:24; Jer 6:16; Refusing to hearken to parents – Deut 21:18,19; Refusing to receive correction – Deut 21:18; Jer 5:3; 7:28; Rebelling against God – Deut 31:27; Ps 78:8; Resisting the Holy Spirit – Act 7:51; Walking in the counsels of an evil heart – Jer 7:24; 23:17; Hardening the neck – Neh 9:16; Hardening the heart – 2Chr 36:13; When your position is rooted in pride, not truth; Prov 13:10; refusing to admit the truth even in the face of overwhelming evidence. Ex 8:15-19;
Simeon and Levi – Gen 49:6; Israelites – Ex 32:9; Nun 14:22; Deut 9:6,13; Saul – 1Sam 15:19-23; David – 2Sam 24:4; Josiah – 2Ch 35:22 ; Zedekiah – 2Ch 36:13; Sodomites Gen 19:9,14; Pharaoh – Ex 8:15-19; Sons of Eli – 1Sam 2:22-25
WHAT MAKES PEOPLE STUBBORN?
Stubbornness is rooted in arrogance: This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the Lord’s command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight. – Deut 1:43;
Those who practice evil don’t want to give it up, which makes them stubborn against God: When the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They followed other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. – Judges 2:19
Refusal to believe in God is a form of spiritual stubbornness: They were as stubborn as their ancestors and refused to believe in the Lord their God. – 2 Kings 17:14
Stubbornness toward God can come from a desire for or a reliance on material security apart from God: The people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. 1 Samuel 8:19
WHERE DOES STUBBORNNESS LEAD?
If we persist in stubbornness, God may let us follow our stubborn ways – Ps 81:11-12; Stubbornness makes us unable to be in God’s presence – Ex 33:5, Ps 95:10-11; Those who are stubborn against God will be cursed – Jer 11:8; Stubbornness may lead to death or other disaster – 2 Sam 2:21-23, Prov 29:1; If the leaders of a nation are stubborn, it may lead to national disaster – 2 Sam 24:4, 15; Stubbornness may bring eternal separation from God. Heb 6:4-6; Stubbornness can lead to suffering – Ex 8:1-32; Stubbornness can be the result of hardened doubt – John 20:25
HOW CAN I KEEP FROM BEING STUBBORN?
Submit to God in worship and obedience: – Do not be stubborn, as they were, but submit yourselves to the Lord. – 2 Chronicles 30:8
Return to a life of trust and dependence toward God: – Come back to your God! Act on the principles of love and justice, and always live in confident dependence on your God. – Hosea 12:6
Fellowship with other believers, including exhorting and warning one another, can help preserve us from having hard hearts. You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Heb 3:13
Stubbornness and any of its kind (obstinacy, rebellion, etc) is resistance to God and His ways; and it is a persistent rejection of God Himself – Matthew 17:1. In order to avoid the consequences of this sin as clearly stated above, we should walk in obedience to the instructions of GOD. Again, when we see God working and refuse to believe it, we are exhibiting stubbornness at the highest level to GOD. Remember, he that hardens his heart is wicked (Proverbs 21:29), and he shall fall into mischief – Proverbs 28:14.