Zechariah 7:11: “But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing.”
REBELLIOUS, STUBBORN AND DEAF
“Wow! What audacity! Such nerve! How dare they turn their backs on God! I can’t believe they would do such a thing.” Have you ever said those words about someone? Right now in America we have some professional athletes who are protesting America by refusing to stand for the national anthem and the flag. Many, myself included, have been appalled at this.
But wait a minute! I do the exact same thing to God. I refuse to pay attention to Him at times. I turn a stubborn shoulder when I think I have a better way. I stop my ears from hearing Him because I do not want to hear what He has to say. Who am I to judge anyone?
Outright rebellion should not be tolerated from our children. That deserves discipline. We cannot let that go. If we do, we will raise them to believe they can do that to anyone, including God. Now, because little Gertrude and Elrod are flesh and blood, we can expect them to rebel. It’s their sin nature. But we cannot let them do it without consequences. That would not be loving.
The next time (and believe me, there will be a next time) your child rebels against you, take them to this passage. Show them God said the same thing about His children. But God did not let them get away with it. Why? Because He loved them. Discipline is necessary. Correction is appropriate. He (and we) disciplines those He loves.
Are you rebelling against God right now? Are you shirking some responsibility He has given you? You had better expect Him to correct your actions. If you are His child, He won’t let it go long. He will bring correction into your life. Expect it. It is much better to repent now and turn to Him.