Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointedI Peter 2:7-8 NKJV
When I read this I was filled with immense gratitude for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life! His consistency in picking me up when I stumble is humbling.
You know, there were days when I had beef with God. My soul was bitter because my flesh was causing it distress for choosing to serve God. I felt that God was being unfair for asking me to deny myself something that made me happy — even though it would be temporary. I didn’t want to be obedient if it meant “suffering”.
This verse paints a perfect example of what was happening in my life and where I am now. As much as I was saved, I was being disobedient to God’s word by taking heed of the lies which came from the devil about who I was meant to be. I’ve had a major struggle with my sexuality but, that’s a story for another day.
When you focus more on having things your way, the will of God begins to feel more like a stumbling block than a cornerstone. It makes you forget that you’re made for Him. You begin to question the truth because you’re seeking to satiate your flesh’s longing. Disobedience distorts your perception of truth. Subsequently your heart starts to doubt the truth and then the fight between your spirit intensifies. That’s how you end up with a heavy soul.
When you find yourself in such a place, the guidance of the Holy Spirit will feel like reprimands. This is a dangerous place for any believer to find themselves. We need to cultivate an obedient heart. Our relationship with God depends on the instructions He gives us in His word. Only an obedient child finds pleasure in instruction. The enlightenment we gain from knowing His truth helps us navigate our existence with ease.
Choose today to be obedient to God’s word.
I have been on a journey of intentionally obeying His word and investing my time in it because I’ve seen what becomes of me without it — it’s not a life I want to have.
I am learning that the more we obey Him, the more we will see His word as precious in our lives.