Let’s face it, our human nature is to resist God. We resist Him without even realizing it! While I was pondering this, I thought, “Not me, I don’t resist God, I love Him!” But after considering this a little more deeply, I realized that even after being a Christian for over 30 years, I still have a tendency to resist God in certain ways. I’m not talking about outright rebellion or fighting against God, I’m talking about subtle pride and resistance to God’s will and His ways. For instance, I have been praying for something to happen “soon” and then I read in Isaiah 5:19:
“[Woe] to those who say, “Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel – let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it.”
After reading that verse again this morning, I sensed my resistance to those words. Although I know that God will accomplish His will in His time, I still want Him to hurry! Yet God’s will is that I wait and trust. He does not want me to ask to see His answer now just to appease my impatience and not have to exercise my faith. Resistance – I must admit, rises up in me when I’m uncomfortable.
How We Resist God
- We want our will done in our lives, but God desires that His will be done
- We want independence, God wants us to be dependent on Him
- We want our troubles to go away, God uses our trials to make us more like Christ
- We fill our lives with busy-ness, God wants us to spend quiet time with Him
- We say, “seeing is believing”, but the Bible says the just shall live by faith
- We give out of our abundance, God asks that we give out of our need
- We want to earn our way to Heaven, God saves us by grace alone
How Can We Stop Resisting?
I have learned from experience that if I want to be in close relationship with God, I must choose to obey His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” In reality, we can’t walk with God unless we agree with Him and live in obedience to His Word. If two oxen are bound together by a wooden yoke over their necks as they pull a cart, how far would they get if one was trying walk straight ahead and the other walked in the opposite direction?
Jesus told his listeners, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) As we take Jesus’ yoke, we choose to submit to the direction He is taking us. We walk in step with Him. We don’t resist God but allow Him to transform us and give us the mind of Christ.
I don’t want to be resistant to God. I’m sure you don’t either! Psalm 119 is a wonderful chapter that describes deep love for God’s Word. This verse becomes an excellent prayer to help us obey and not resist God!
“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:10-11