Young Timothy was running through the house as fast as his little legs could carry him. As he was going around a corner he slipped, fell, and broke his mother’s most expensive vase. Pointing at a chair, his mother raised her voice and said, “Sit!”
“I won’t!” he said defiantly.
Taking him by the shoulders she backed him into a chair, forcing him to sit down. As she was about to begin a lecture, he said boldly, “I may be sitting on the outside, but I’m still standing on the inside!”
Many Christians have the same attitude toward God. With hearts that are hard and minds that are determined, they stand before His presence with an attitude of defiance. Often, when we do not get what we want from God, we seem to raise our fists and say, “If You won’t give me what I want, I’ll get it on my own. I don’t need Your strength or power, I’ll use my own.”
When we turn from God and willingly allow sin to harden our hearts as a lump of clay hardened by the sun there is nothing He can do. When we refuse to be open to the Spirit of God and choose to go our own way and do our own thing He will not stop us. Be careful not to turn against the Lord.
Prayer: Father, may we realize that You do for us and give to us what it best for us. Give us open minds and willing hearts. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 95:6-11 Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,