Posted By Nan

Are you stubborn? Do you refuse to accept the help God offers you? Are you so busy ‘enjoying’ your miserable circumstances that you refuse to listen to God’s gift of a solution to your problem? So you remain in your misery because it gives you attention you crave, or meets your needs, even though God is calling you out?
If you answered yes, then this verse is for you.
If you refuse God’s directive then destruction will come swiftly and without warning.
There are many ways we are stubborn before God:
There is the obvious one where we are doing something contrary to His directive and we ignore His admonition to stop. Think of Jonah, who preferred to flee to the other side of the known world to avoid carrying out God’s directive to give the people of Ninevah a message. Even when he finally did what God asked of him, he walked through the town whispering so the people couldn’t hear him. But they did hear and he was not happy.
Then there are other ways we are stubborn. For example, there is the hurting person who does everything possible to avoid healing because the payback of remaining unhealed is greater than the blessing of healing. Remember Jesus asking the man at the well if he wanted to get better? So often we don’t. It is easier to remain in the hole we find ourselves in than take the risk of trusting God and climb out.
These are examples of stubbornness before God. And all these will lead to a sudden and unexpected destruction.
We need to let go of our desire for retribution and go to Ninevah when God directs us. We need to trust God and let go of our fear and hand ourselves to Him for healing.
Only then can we say we are not stubborn. That we trust and honour God and surrender to Him.
It is not easy, but it is rewarding.
Can you do it? Can you let go of self? Can you avoid sudden destruction and trust God?

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