Sunday, August 28th, 2011
Stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.
1 Samuel 15:23 (NKJV)
We all know stubborn people. Listening is their challenge. 'But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing' (Zechariah 7:11).
At the core, stubborn people are either afraid or arrogant. They want life on their own terms rather than God's. The Bible not only calls stubbornness a sin, but equates it with idolatry. That means big trouble and bad consequences: 'So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, to walk in their own devices' (Psalm 81:12).
King Saul was chosen by God. He began as a good king but made mistakes. His successor, David, was guilty of grave sins, too. Yet while Saul was stubborn, David was teachable. He became Israel's greatest king.
What characterizes a stubborn performer? Someone with talent who thinks he knows best. Someone who rejects good advice about his path, agent, pictures, look, behavior, or training. I've seen stubbornness ruin more careers than I can count.
One young man soared through AMTC receiving dozens of big callbacks. His mother refused advice when she came home. She played one agent against another--trying to get the best deal for her son. She accepted a free trip, decided she didn't like the VIP who offered it, spoke poorly of him, and then tried to negotiate with another VIP.
Word got around that the mother was trouble--that she was ignorant and stubborn. Consequently, agents would not work with her son. Although she loved her son, his career got nipped in the bud.
Are you stubborn? Cast it to God, again and again, until you forget what stubbornness used to feel like. Stay humble. Follow good advice. Step outside of your comfort zone--in faith.