11 “But no, my people wouldn’t listen.
Israel did not want me around.
12 So I let them follow their own stubborn desires,
living according to their own ideas.
13 Oh, that my people would listen to me!
Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!
14 How quickly I would then subdue their enemies!
How soon my hands would be upon their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him;
they would be doomed forever.
16 But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
In these verses, the Psalmist addresses a turn in the Psalms. Even though God calls the people to hear his voice and listen, they respond by rebelling against God's will, and they, in turn, have to face the consequences. We find ourselves in this same predicament when we selfishly choose to do things our way. It may feel good at the time, but in the long run, this leads to our suffering and sometimes to the heartache of others. The good news is that when we are ready to return to the Lord, he is faithful to forgive us and even fight for us and sustain us amidst our troubles.
Think of a time when you knew you were rebelling against God's will for your life. How did things turn out, and what would it look like if you made a better choice next time?
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