“Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people. Remember and do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD. Even at Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was so angry with you that he was ready to destroy you. When I went up the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water. And the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words that the LORD had spoken with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And at the end of forty days and forty nights the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant. Then the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you have brought from Egypt have acted corruptly. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them; they have made themselves a metal image.’ “Furthermore, the LORD said to me, ‘I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stubborn people. Let me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’ (Deuteronomy 9:6-14 ESV)
Have you ever stood your ground at all costs? Throwing every thing to the side and standing tough, and not budging on where you stood. You knew you were right and no matter of factual information was going to sway you from where you were. You knew you were right and that was that.
Just like the Israelites knew that Moses had abandoned them when he went up the mountain to be with God and had Aaron make them the golden calf. They were ready to get what was theirs, because they had been led out of their slavery into the wilderness to die. No they were going to the land that God had promised them, not because they were righteous and willing to serve God, but because God loved them.
Just like us, who know better then God, God loves us. He will not push us away because we tell Him how to do things and get upset when He doesn’t do it our way. He is fine with us throwing a fit because He did it wrong.
Do not be stubborn, but allow God to burn in your heart so that you may always be a beacon of hope for the world.