In a recent sermon we discussed stubbornness. I often joke around about me being a stubborn as a mule. “Stubborn as a mule” is a well-known idiom. The Bible actually mentions mules in relation to their stubbornness in Psalm 32:9: “Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle.” When it comes to following God’s commands, we should not be stubborn. We must not turn our heads away and “stiffen the neck.” We must learn to yield and be flexible in His hands. It’s not our wish for God to use the bit and bridle on us, right?!?
We all have stubbornness within our souls and from time to time that stubbornness takes over our heart. In Deuteronomy 10:16 it reads “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn”. What does that mean? That means there are some things in life that we hold to that we are stubborn about, that really need to pray about and let God break our stubbornness and break our heart and let that stuff fall away. Sometimes we just got to “Let It Go”. (Yes you may sing now)
Look, for a lot of us the reason that we are stubborn about things is because we have been hurt and the stubbornness is really a protection for ourselves, yes I’m guilty.
God knows what is best, we must continually trust in Him. Stubbornness is hardening your heart and it is dangerous to harden your heart. When you harden your heart and stop obeying God’s Word. He knocks and says turn away from your sin and you say no because of your stubbornness. He keeps knocking, but you find every way to justify yourself. He keeps knocking and because of your pride you harden your heart. Don’t let stubbornness harden your heart; don’t let your pride get in the way. Cry out to our Lord to help you let go!! I pray for not only myself but for you as well.