The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.
Stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Proverbs 15.31; 1 Samuel 15:23
I had just finished painting the railing of the staircase up to the back entrance of our house. I was about to replace all the painting utensils in the cellar, when I saw our neighbour's five-year-old son Marc running towards the stairs. I shouted to him, “Marc, come to the front door! The railing has just been painted.”
“I’ll be careful,” Marc answered, as he approached the staircase. “No, Marc, don’t go up those stairs!” I replied in a strict tone. Once again he assured me, “I’ll be careful.”
“No! Stop, Marc! I don’t want you to be careful. I want you to obey me!” That severe retort made the boy react, and he went round to the front door.
Such an everyday occurrence can be applied to our life of faith. Doesn#t it happen that we set off on a pathway that we have chosen for ourselves, although the Bible warns against it?
Instead of obeying the Word of God, we boldly declare before the Lord: "I’ll be careful." He doesn’t want us to be careful on an erroneous path. He wants us to obey Him by going the right way.
He therefore sometimes has to resort to severe measures to prevent us from taking a wrong step. How do we react then? Do we obey, or do we simply continue on our own pathway undeterred? Let us rather be reprimanded by the Lord, before we have to bear the consequences of our self-will!