When We Resist

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Some days I have just plain old odd thoughts.

One hit me yesterday as I was reading on my iPhone Bible.  

I had read todays verse:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

And it got me to thinking.

You see, Sometimes I get it backwards.  I submit to whims and desires that do not serve me well, and I resist the things that can help me.

How contrary we humans are!

And God knows we are.

In Acts we read

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you." Acts 7:51

Ummmmm.

Yeah.  I do.  

I don’t know if you are at all like me, but that can hit too close to home at time.

But, there are times that stubbornness serves us well.  We can stubbornly refuse to give in to our illnesses and become passive.  We can dig our heels in and to the most we possibly can in this life.

Yet, there are times when that same stubbornness points me away from God.

I sat and read - and re-read the verse from James.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

That is when my odd thought emerged   Besides the obvious, there is a very real difference between God and the devil (and good and evil are really the only two choices we have when it all comes down to it …)

When we resist the devil - he flees.

When we resist God - He does all he can to bring us home again.

How grateful I am for that.

Father God, Thank you that you never give up on us.  That you will bring circumstances and people and moments into our lives that continually point to your love and care.  We may not understand why some things happen - but we can always know that they will point us back to your loving arms.  Amen and amen.

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