Title: Hard Hearts
Reading for September 28: Zechariah 6-10
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts. "As I called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear," says the LORD of hosts...
Ever seen a kid out in public who refuses to listen to his mother? He doesn't get his way and so he pouts and folds his arms and maybe even stops up his ears while his mother spoke to him? It's not a good look. There are few things that bother us more than a child who simply refuses to listen to his parents.
What does that look like when it comes to us and God? Can you imagine how obnoxious we must look? What do you think the angels in heaven must be thinking when they see us down here on earth with our arms folded tight, nodding our head back and forth saying no to God?
They must be wondering why God would put up with us.
Father, forgive us for our stubborn pride. Thank you for being so patient with us. Rebuke us and break our will so that we might humbly submit to yours.