Stubborn Hearts | Psalm 81:11-16
Today's Passage: Psalm 81:11-16
Key Verses: Psalm 81:11-14
But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!
"If my people would only listen to me...." Do you hear God's frustration in this psalm? He wanted to protect Israel and provide for them. He wanted to give them the "finest of wheat" and "honey from the rock." Just as parents want the best for their children so God desires the best for us...things that bring lasting satisfaction.
Unfortunately, Israel would not listen. They refused to follow God's instruction. They were smarter than him…or so they thought. So he let them follow the dead-end trail of their desire. He let them learn the hard way where their stubborn hearts would lead them.
How about you? You really don't have to learn the hard way. Those lessons are vivid and painful. Sometimes our stubborn sin—even when graciously forgiven— results in irreversible life circumstances. God repeats his plea to us: "If you would only follow my ways," I have some great things for you. Jettison the stubborn heart and listen to God.
Father, show us where we are being stubborn and not listening. Soften the hard spots of our heart. Remind us that your way is always the most satisfying. Thank you for providing and desiring good things for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.