Are you aware of the ‘resistance’ within your body, fighting off the advances of God’s Word and the moving of His Spirit? Be warned that such ‘digging in your heels’ may lead to unwanted outcomes.
‘’I spoke to you when everything was going your way. You said, ‘I’m not interested.’ You’ve been that way as long as I’ve known you, never listened to a thing I said. All your leaders will be blown away, all your friends end up in exile, And you’ll find yourself in the gutter, disgraced by your evil life.’’ The Message.
In these verses the Lord speaks to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and that great city is personified as a woman. All her ‘’lovers’’ (i.e. the allies she trusted in) have been crushed by the Babylonians. The reference to ‘’Lebanon’’ (23) is actually about the royal palace in Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 7:1, 2). The Lord warns all who live there that if they do not repent they will soon be groaning in pain like a woman in labour. (The other reference to ‘’Lebanon’’ in verse 20, in conjunction with ‘’Bashan’’ and ‘’Abarim’’ refers to the entirety of the land. God’s Word is to be proclaimed everywhere).
We need to be wary of persistent disobedience. Yes, God is patient; He is long-suffering, and He may speak to you many times about a matter. But there will come a point when it is too late to change.
‘’I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not listen.’ This has been your way from your youth, that you have not obeyed my voice.’ English Standard Version.
What is the Lord saying to you today in ‘’your prosperity’’ and what will your response be? Is the resistance movement within digging in for a fight?