Stubborn Saint

          Yesterday, we considered Psalm 32:8 and that God instructs and teach each of His children simultaneously yet individually and that He counsels all of us with His eye upon us. 
          We closed with this question: Are you heeding His instruction, His teaching, and His counsel? Are you listening for it?  Are you obeying it? 
          Is your first response to an instruction from God hesitation?  Do you, like me, have numerous reasons why it doesn’t make sense to do that? 
          If Noah considered the reasonableness of God’s request rather thant immediate obedience, he and his family would have drowned.
          If Abraham stopped to consider the reasonableness of God’s instruction to kill his only son – it would have not made any sense at all since Isaac was his only heir. 
          If Joshua had hesitated to consider the reasonableness of God’s instruction to circle Jericho with trumpets and shouting – those walls would never have fallen. 
          God told Joshua He delivered Jericho into his hands and then prescribed HOW it would be accomplished.
          God wants to do so much more in and through us and He prescribes HOW it will be accomplished.  But so often we (I) resist or hesitate because it doesn’t make sense to us. 
The verse that follows Psalm 32:8 warns us: “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.”
 Ps 32:9
          I know for me; I need to practice saying “yes, Lord” followed with immediate action. I don’t want to be a stubborn saint.  As soon as I hesitate – I am putting myself in a place above God – place of pride and haughtiness – because I am thinking about what I think, about what I want to do, about what I feel as if it matters one iota when God instructs, teaches and counsels me. 

Blessings,
Diane

Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick.  In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events.  She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years.  She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all.  She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.  

 

One thought on “Stubborn Saint

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Dear Diane!

    Such a timely message for my heart. I have been hearing and hearing G-d telling me to write. Write books, write journals, write encouraging notes. Stubborn saint? Yes, I’m afraid I’ve fit that description….in fact, there could rightfully
    be a new name for me: “Stubborn Saint Stephanie”, as I have gone too long not heeding those instructions, and not writing much of anything except research papers which were necessary for my degree work.

    Please pray for me as I tr to be faithful in heeding the call I have been hearing. I have just begun to write some children’s books – stories which I made up while my children were small and we would have story time in our back yard in the gazebo many evenings. In fact, I’ve entitled the collection, “Glory Stories from the Gazebo”. I’m putting all of those stories of days gone by, into print.

    Incidentally, thank you, Diane, for YOUR being such a faithful saint. Your talk tonight at the dinner was wonderful – and by the way, your dress was gorgeous….it really sparkled under the lights; just like you !!!!

    Blessings as always!

    Stephanie Dickinson
    B.S. Min., CCLC
    Lancaster, Pa.

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