And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them persistently by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God and despising His words and scoffing at His prophets till the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, till there was no remedy or healing. 2 Chronicles 36:15-16
Heavy words for a stubborn people.
Each one took turns quoting it to me to the point that I stopped and really let the words sink in.
The One in Whom all of their people believed in through all the generations. They KNEW of Him. Knew His voice. Knew His laws. *REPEATEDLY* warned them. Through compassion. Grace. Patience. Love. Through covenant and promises made to their ancestors.....
Wanting to give them every chance possible.
They ignored and pushed away the voice of God until there was no remedy.
How patient God is. How loving. How persistent. To come alongside us in our stubbornness and say:
"honey......what are you thinking?"
"You need to DEAL with this!!!!!"
He will warn us through leadership. Sermons. His word. Our friends and those closest to us. He will SEND people to us!!!!
Eventually.......if we don't surrender to the voice of God
.... (and you WILL hear a voice behind you saying "THIS IS THE WAY WALK IN IT!! Isaiah 30:21) you will end up down a road you were never meant to be on and find yourself in a mess with no way out. With no remedy or way to fix it.
It's a HEART issue!!!!! A stubborn heart will take you where you never meant to be down a road you can't escape left with no possible remedy save the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
It would serve you well to keep your heart softened to the will of God....hear the voice of God and listen when He speaks. Quickly and Humbly. When He speaks it is to save you from yourself. He's so gracious and compassionate to warn us. Refusing to listen only gets you in a mess you could have avoided from the beginning.