Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Being Stubborn – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 29
29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Being Stubborn
There is one thing I’d readily admit that drives me crazy when I’m driving. That would be having to double back if I find a “shortcut” that is leading me away from my intended destination.
Ever do this? You think that you’ve found a route that is either a better or shorter way to get to point B, and keep on headed in the same direction even after you’ve realized you’re going the wrong way? I’ve done it quite a bit in my lifetime.
There’s always that bend up ahead, giving a feeling that there’ll be a road that’ll get you headed in the right direction, but it’s always just out of eyeshot. Thoughts playing around in the mind leaving you unsure whether or not it’s worth turning back from where you changed course. What if you turned around just a half of a mile before a road pops into view heading in the right direction?
Sometimes the mind is a terrible thing, but being stubborn is something that will keep you on the wrong road. There have been numerous occasions, where I was too stubborn to turn around as soon as it dawned on me that I was driving further away from where I wanted to be.
Even though I knew that simply turning around and picking it up where I left off was a wise decision to make in order to correct the problem, I’d make it worse by hardening my face and staying the wrong course. (See what I did there?)
In the scenario above, I wasn’t being wicked, but more along the lines of stubborn or even stupid. That’s because we’re talking about driving. But what about if that same attitude were taken about sin, or even the truth of the Word of God?
I’ve known many people, who understand a direction from the Lord about say, particular sins. And even though they understand it, they reject it because they don’t want to repent from the sin. It’s something they choose to do, or a way they choose to be.
So everything else in the Word might be fine and easy to swallow, but those handful of verses that condemn my actions must be mistranslated or something. If I don’t feel wrong doing it, I’m going to harden my face, and stay the course.
This is the same attitude about the Word of God that I used in the driving scenarios, but can you see how it turns wicked when that state of mind is used on a spiritual level? I’ve heard these kinds of scenarios several times in the past, and have also known people who reject the entirety of the Word, because of a few verses that condemn their sin.
It is an upright person, that would choose to correct his course the moment he realizes he’s strayed. See, the Lord knows we’re not perfect, and this verse proves it. He doesn’t say that the upright never needs to change his course because he’s upright. But rather, it says that he directs his way, meaning that he repents.
The willingness to repent is what makes the upright person continue to be upright. Being stubborn is as one who hardens his own face, continuing in wickedness regardless of the outcome.
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 7: King James Bible
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
James 4: King James Bible
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Thank you for your Word, and for your attention to all of the details of our lives. Help us to remain upright in your sight, through the blood of the Lamb, and also through our willingness to repent for anything we do that displeases you. Help us all not to be stubborn as it would relate to your Word, instructions, ways, and will. All so that we may serve you better, and fulfill all that you’ve established for us to do. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever caught yourself being stubborn against the Lord?
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