LEAVE THEM ALONE!

Hello my friends.  How are you? I pray that you are having a great day.  You do know that’s up to you, right? We can’t control nature, circumstances or people. I know; I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.  BUT what we do have is control over our own actions, emotions and our thoughts, our attitudes; or perhaps I should say, what we SHOULD have is control over ourselves.    As a matter of fact the Word of God said it first in Galatians 5:22, 23 and again in Proverbs 16:32.  When the Lord desires a change in attitude, He usually repeats Himself more than one time, most times, He says it more than three. Because, you know, we are a tiny bit hard of hearing.    

Shall I share a secret with you? Do you promise not to tell my kids? They still think I’m the best mom in the world and I want them to keep believing that.  It’s in our best interest for them to do so.  Do I have your word? Thank you.  Okay…here goes.   

In the early part of my teens; the first three to four of these teen years, I was so stubborn and disobedient, that I was told I was developing a rebellious nature.   Hard to believe, isn’t it? But sadly yes, it’s true.  I did not see the need to do anything I was told to do, if I was not told why I should.  I also did not obey the directives given if I felt it was unfair. I must admit my mom was almost always frustrated and exasperated with me.  It did not last very long though.  My mom had my uncle, who was the pastor of our church, speak to me.  You know you are in trouble when the pastor speaks to you! You see, I was a Christian.  My uncle read me the story of Samuel and Saul.  You can read that story for yourself in I Samuel 15. He quoted this verse 1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,  He also has rejected you from being king.”  Now I definitely feared the Lord, perhaps more than I did my mom.  My uncle said rebellion is a defiant setting of the will; a deliberate resistance against doing right.  He also said I was disobeying a direct command from the Lord, when I disobeyed my mom.  “Well, since you put it that way…” It was certainly not an instantaneous turnabout.  No, I was too entrenched in my ways by then.  It was a gradual shift, due to my prayers for deliverance and I’m sure, the prayers of my family.  hosea-4-17-e1525782797108.jpgIn this verse the Lord is speaking to Israel.  Israel had completely abandoned the commandments of the Lord.  Although they were warned by prophets sent by the Lord, they refused to obey.  They willfully chose to rebel against God.  They twisted the words of God to accommodate their sin and worshiped idols.  The Lord says, “let/leave them alone”.  These are scary words coming from the Lord of Hosts.  “Let them alone”.  Let them suffer the consequences of their actions. Remove the protection and peace which the Lord provided. “Leave them alone.”   The Lord is just in His discipline, He is just in the consequences. He is always a just Judge. He disciplines to restore.  He disciplines to deliver.  He disciplines to save.   He disciplines to bring us back into union with Him.  He disciplines for our learning.  His discipline is always tapered with mercy and pity.  His discipline is always wrapped up in love.  His discipline is perfect and just.  His discipline is for our sakes.  leaveHebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:10 is a good one too.  It reminds us that God is just.  Like a parent, the Lord warns us of danger.  He uses His Word, people and circumstances to redirect our paths. He sends those warning signals that shout ‘Danger! Wrong direction! Danger!”  

“Leave them alone” are some of the scariest words rebellious/disobedient people can hear.  Let us be intentional in our walk with the Lord, spend time in His Word and obey His commandments. closing1brenda

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31 comments

  1. Brenda, I needed to read this post today. It just reinforces what I’ve been thinking of recently – how God’s love is unfathomable and unending, and that He does have our children, even our adult ones. And I’m learning that sometimes I have to let them go so that God can reach them where I can’t. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TrekkingThru.

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  2. Wow. The Holy Spirit spoke to me today through you about something I am agonizing about. There are some people in my life I need to just leave alone and allow God to worry about them and deal with them. Thank you for this. I agree with you about those being the scariest words ever to hear from God. I have often thought of that when I read those verses. May God never leave us alone! Just and merciful is He. And I need to trust Him. ❤

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  3. Sometimes we need to be reminded of willful disobediences in our lives. Thank you for that word Brenda. Thank God that He is Merciful and Faithful. And thank you Father for discipline that draws us back to you.

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  4. Hey. I was a rebellious daughter to my parents, I was just out of control when I was younger and I believe that I will have to pay for it in the future, I will be punished for being a bad sheep. I love how you’ve written this, and yes, I’ll keep it a secret. 🙂

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    1. Repentance is a beautiful things. The Bible tells us that the Lord takes our sins away as Far East is from the West. He can be trusted and is faithful to His children. He does not hang on to our sin and hold it against us

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  5. I really loved this – but I’m biased, so I love your writings anyway =) – I promise not to spill the beans to your kids of your rebellious ways when you were a teen. I sometimes wonder if me telling my kids certain things about my past will come back and haunt me one day…oops! But anyways, my every day prayer is “Lord, I don’t want to disappoint you!” because I really don’t – especially if it involves something that he has told me over and over and over again to stay away from. I don’t want to disobey God….I’m not perfect, but I know the consequences and I already got enough stuff to give account for as it is when I stand before him – I surely ain’t trying to add any more limbs to this full tree. Great Post and Word!

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    1. Amen and amen. We certainly do not want to pile any more than we have to against us 😁😁 thank Gid for His grace and mercy. If they like my kids their memories are way too long. They need to be like the Lord and forget some things 😂😂

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  6. Wow. He is a loving God of justice. It is good to hear of His love but it is also good to hear of His justice because it serves as a reminder for us to check our ways. Thanks sis for sharing

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  7. Oh, those emotions! So hard to keep in check at times. I’m going through a season of trying to keep my attitude and emotions in check. Circumstances have left me feeling not good enough. Yet, I am the one who needs to block out the voices of others and myself when hearing those shouts. Thanks for the encouraging words. And, I had to laugh at your words, “Because, you know, we are a tiny bit hard of hearing.” Amen and amen. 🙂 Also, I see you teach your children at home. Former homeschooling mom here…three all the way through. Keep up the work as long as God leads. I have no regrets and I bet you don’t either.

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    1. One of the verses that have really helped me with the ‘slight’ attitude problem 🙂 🙂 🙂 is Proverbs 31:25, 26. These verses keep reminding me of God’s standard for me. I thought juggling 2 homeschool kids, I imagine 3 is a handful 🙂 I would do it again in a heart beat. Lets be great for the gospel

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  8. I agree, Brenda, those are scary words when God turns us over to the consequences of our sin. At times He will even remove His restraining grace and give us over to our own sinful lusts as in Romans 1.18 ff. Thanks for this great post.

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  9. Wow! I needed this so bad! I feel like I’m being so stubborn right now. I know I can control my thoughts and feelings but I fall into the temptation of wanting to change others. I was engaged and I called it off back in February because I know God commanded me too, yet I’m struggling with fully surrendering to God and letting my ex go…

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    1. Surrendering our will to the Lord and submitting to His authority is never easy 🙂 Not for anyone. But through prayer, we are able to obey. There is reward at the end of obedience. I will stand in the gap for you, my friend. Surrender and submit; not easy, but so worth it.

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