The Stubbornness of God

6 Sep

Too often, stubbornness is seen in a negative light.  We are quick to associate it with ignorance and resistance to change.  Yet, I would argue that there is a positive side to this trait–one which has shown itself throughout history and revealed to us the glorious grace of God.

Throughout history, men and women have stubbornly fought for that which they believed to be true, good, and beautiful.  Stephen, Peter, and many other men and women have died a martyr’s death because of their stubborn commitment to Jesus Christ and salvation which can come only through faith in this one person and His work.  It was this kind of resoluteness, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that compelled Martin Luther to stand before the Diet of Worms and say, “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”  In the face of much opposition, William Wilberforce fought a political battle to end slavery in the British Empire (and won).  To have such a stubbornness can be a good and honorable thing.

Yet, it is not a honorable thing merely because it is exercised on behalf of that which is true, good, and beautiful, but also because it is a reflection of the Lord God of the Universe.  Time and again, the Lord remained steadfast in His loving kindness, His mercy, His promises to the people of Israel, despite their constant hypocrisy, covenant-breaking, and whoring after the gods of other nations.  Though He had every right to judge the people and let His wrath rain down upon them, God stubbornly stood beside them, exercising patience, mercy, grace, and love to a degree we will only begin to fathom on the other side of the grave.

Ultimately, it was a stubborn commitment to the plan of God that led to Christ to the cross.  As ordained before time began, in order to save His people, God willingly took the punishment we deserved, suffered the pain and agony we ought to have experienced for our sinful rebellion, and extended forgiveness and a new life to us.  Even today, He remains stubborn in His love to, despite us.

However, one day, that stubbornness will end.  He will judge those who have rejected the rightful Lord and only Savior, Jesus Christ, in wrath.  He will usher in His people to the New Kingdom, and they will be perfected in the image of His Son.  And in that day, His stubbornness will be gone, because, as His work is fulfilled, He will no longer need it.

So, in what ways are you stubborn?  Are they good ways, or bad?  And how have you experienced the stubbornness of God?


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