Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Bev Riter
Sunday, March 18, 2018

As you can see, the sculpture in the above photo shows a donkey and a boy. The boy wants the donkey to go, but it shows its stubborn streak and balks, resisting going with him. We’ve all heard the idiom “stubborn as a mule” (rather than a donkey). Did you know that the Bible mentions mules and their stubbornness, encouraging people to not be stubborn like them? (Psalm 32:9) The Bible records several instances when people were stubborn. The Jews stubbornly turned their backs against God and followed idols. God was so angry with them that He considered destroying them. (Deuteronomy 9:13, 14) When in Corinth, the people stubbornly rejected Paul’s preaching of salvation through Jesus Christ and he left them. (Acts 19:9)

There are times when each one of us has probably been stubborn, wanted things our own way or use stubbornness as a defense mechanism. Have you thought of why you might be stubborn? It might be a good idea to listen to the other side of the story, reminding you that you might not always be right! Let’s try to not be like these examples in Bible when people rejected the word of God. Jesus told his disciples that they would experience trouble in the world, but to have courage. Through God, His Father, He conquered the world. (John 16:33) And with Him, we can conquer stubbornness or other traits it’s best to not have.