Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18.
I want to begin by asking you a few questions, are you unreasonably inflexible? That is, are you determined to have your way regardless? Do you refuse to apologize, even when you have discovered you were wrong? Are you one who refuses to get along no matter what? When kindness is extended unto you, are you one who finds it hard to be thankful.
In my life I have come across individuals that are extremely stubborn, they refuse to move from their position even when they have been proven wrong. They will act as if you are wrong no matter what the evidence shows. When they are confronted about the issue, they will try to change the subject in order to get your mind on to something else. Or they will try to put the blame on you as the reason why they did what they did. This is nothing but a case of arrogant pride!
The Bible tells about a man by the name of Nabal who was an exceedingly stubborn man; in fact, his name meant “fool.” This will let us know how stubbornness is characterized. We are foolish if we act in this manner. Because of Nabal’s bullheaded ways, he had a stroke and eventually died. God dealt with him severely, because of his stubbornness. You can find the story in I Samuel 25. We must not allow ourselves to remain in a stubborn stupor. God is not pleased with us when we act as though the world revolves around us, and we have an “I don’t care attitude.” I have to say that you really need to check that attitude. Furthermore, that type of mentality is not Christ-like.
Another individual in Scripture who was extremely stubborn was Pharaoh. We see how the Lord dealt with him because of his hard heartedness. God is not pleased, He does not play.
I have given us a couple of examples from Scripture; individuals who allowed their stubbornness to bring on God’s dealings with them. I really don’t think that anyone wants to be dealt with by God; because, truly, you will always come out on the short end of the stick. It is up to us to be honest with ourselves. If we are stubborn, hardheaded, unyielding, bullheaded, or just unreasonably obstinate, God will deal with us in His time. We must not think that we will escape. Stop acting as if everyone else has a problem, and you don’t. Repent, and ask God to help you deal with your headstrong mentality.
Your servant in Christ,