Have you ever dealt with someone that was hardheaded? The type of person who just wouldn’t budge and inch even when they know they are wrong? Yeah, I can be that type of person sometimes… thick skulled and hard headed.
My senior year of Bible College at Heartland Baptist Bible College, one of the professors (whom I never had in class) wanted to talk to me. He had heard a rumor about somethings going on in the dorms (of which I was an RA), and was concerned that it might not be the best practices. In my great piety, I meet with him, and come to find out the issue was something I was responsible for. I defended my position, and at the time thought this guy was overreacting and stepping over his bounds.
The professor decided the conversation needed some more time, so we scheduled a lunch meeting off campus with a few other students who would come along. By the end of lunch meeting, I knew I was dead wrong, but for some reason I kept holding onto my position that I was right and just in my stance. It was good ole’ nasty pride rearing its ugly head, and I didn’t want to admit that I was wrong.
I often wonder what was going through Zedekiah’s mind when he kept refusing to listen to Jeremiah. He not only refused to listen to the message from God through Jeremiah, he actually threw Jeremiah in prison! He got so hard in his heart, and so full of pride that he didn’t care what God said or the man of God… He just didn’t want to hear it anymore.
The end result of Zedekiah is a sad one. His family was slaughtered in front of him, his eyes were put out, and he was led away captive in chains. The final king of Judah was disgraced and humiliated, broken and bruised because he refused to listen to the sound wisdom of Jeremiah. When pride exist, we make many destructive decisions. This is why the Bible says pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Far too often we as Christians get hardheaded about some things, and this leads to hard hearts. We want to be right so badly that we discount preaching, wise council, and even God’s Word. Just because advice comes from a source you would have to humble yourself to receive it from, doesn’t mean it isn’t Biblical or sound advice.
Make a decision today to keep your heart and head soft (in a good way), and be willing to humble yourself. Don’t ever allow pride to drive you to make destructive and ultimately self-defeating decisions.
Daily Scripture Reading
“In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.”