Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sitting Or Standing?

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.”

A hardened heart is like a lump of hardened clay. There is nothing that can be done to restore it to its original condition so it can be molded once again. If we become stubborn and set in our ways, not wanting to be submissive to God’s will and ways, He may set us aside like a piece of hard, worthless clay.

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 you will hear His voice: “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, When your fathers tested Me; (Read more.)

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