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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 6, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, May 6

Exodus 33:3b For you are a stiff-necked people.

Few things drive God crazier than stubbornness. More than forty verses in the Bible criticize the traits of a stiff-necked people—the hardened heart, the refusal to be led, the haughtiness of certainty.

God knows—God knows—we are a stubborn people. We dig in our heels even when evidence is presented to the contrary. We take comfort in certainty and pride in charting our own paths. Among our many sinful traits, stubbornness is among the most egregious.

We see what happens when its gnarly tendrils take root in God’s people—in biblical times and today. We become oxen following the same rutted paths, unwilling to see new possibilities, unable to find common ground. Let us pray for softened hearts so we might be open to God’s leading to a promised land, one we can neither imagine nor find on our own.

MOVING FORWARD: How do you discern the difference between determination and stubbornness? Is this a slippery slope for you? Pray for guidance.

PRAY for the Diocese of Kushtia (Bangladesh)

Ps 119:49-72 * 49, [53] | Exodus 33:1-23 | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 | Matthew 5:17-20

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