Don’t resist

defense

Playing defense against God is an empty exercise.

Contrary to popular belief, one of the most loving things God could ever do for us is to correct us.

I know, I know; I can picture the heavy breathing and eye-rolling that just transpired because of that statement. Would you, just for a brief few moments, however, consider the possibility of the aforementioned being true?

Admittedly, God’s correction is not something that I am eager to celebrate. My reason is probably what it is for most people: I have a deep disdain for admitting that I’m wrong. This is not exclusive to God, but also extends to everyone else. I would even go as far as saying that I do not mind God telling me that I am wrong. After all, it would be foolish to argue with the Creator of all things. Paul writes, “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:34 ESV).

The problem is when God’s correction points to wrongdoing interpersonally. Tell me that my theology could use some work, or that my checkbook should be better balanced, but please don’t tell me that he or she is right and I’m wrong! What a terrible feeling!

This need to be right all of the time is, of course, fostered by pride. We know that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5 ESV), but because he is the “God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10), he has to occasionally humble us himself so that we can receive what he wants to freely give. Isaiah 9:1 bears witness to this truth:

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan. (NIV)

Zebulun and Naphtali were apart of the infamous northern kingdom of Israel, and because of their rebellion, God would bring them through multiple periods of subjugation. Having experienced being under the thumb of foreign rule, the expectation of a deliver paved a path that would lead to Jesus Christ walking on Galilean soil. What greater honor can be bestowed upon Galilee than for Jesus, the promised messiah, to call it home?

Correction does not always come as a result of pride, but it always takes humility to receive. In fact, pride is often unearthed when correction is given.  The very nature of pride says, “I don’t need anything from anyone, I am sufficient of myself.” The Bible says, though, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26 ESV). God may want to pour his wisdom into our lives, but if our hearts do not have the proper posture, we simply cannot receive.

Sometimes, though, we are simply walking in error — doing something wrong and not knowing how to fix it — or ignorance — not even knowing something is wrong. In those times, God is loving enough to not allow us continue down a wrong path.

Seriously, if a person is trying to get to a place, but you know the path that he is taking will not yield the destination, would you not tell him? Or, if there is a more efficient way to reach a desired end, would you not inform said person? Conversely, we have to ask ourselves, if we were that person, would we be willing to listen?

As I’m writing this, I am sure there is some area in your life where God is offering correction. How do I know? Simply because that is the case in my own life, and as Scripture says, “the temptations in your life are no different from what others experience” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT).

While God is able to offer this correction from his own mouth (2 Timothy 3:16), it often comes from the mouth of others. Let’s do ourselves a favor and just receive it. We may not like it, but we are called to embrace the truth — no matter what form it may come.

At the end of the day, we should take comfort in the fact that God corrects us. After all, “the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6 ESV).

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~ by christianballenger on September 30, 2015.

2 Responses to “Don’t resist”

  1. Good WORD, Truth. Amen. May the Lord continue to increase you spiritually more and more. Love you. Auntie Angel

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