Isaiah 1:19-20 "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
recently read an article about a young intern that had just begun
working at a company. She did not agree with the dress code policy and
felt an urge to appeal to the administration to make some changes in the
rules. She stated in her proposal that she felt the rules were too
strict and should be more lax. She attempted to justify the overture
from the angle that most positions within this particular company did
not deal with the public, therefore, why did it matter what the
employees were wearing.
This initiative early in her
tenure as an intern spoke volumes about her attitude. She had a
boldness that lacked respect for authority. Her quick attempt to change
a policy at a new place of employment did not present an attitude that
is willing to conform to rules. She presented herself as an person with
a rebellious nature.
There are consequences to
rebellion. The company terminated the intern for insubordination. Her
defiance cost her an opportunity in the company. The company first and
foremost expected allegiance from the employees. Rebelling against the
rules early in her employment, told the company that this intern did not
esteem the organization for which she worked.
does not bless rebellion. He desires for us to conform to His rules.
He wants our allegiance. He wants our hearts to seek out ways in which
to be obedient to His principles.
Rebellion is more
than just an attitude that is presented when we are unhappy with rules
and policies. Rebellion is a heart issue that requires attention. Many
forms of rebellion against God are presented in the world. There are
many examples of rebellion in the Bible and the punishments that ensued.
One commonality is that all forms of rebellion are self-seeking.
There are many warnings about rebellion in the Bible. Proverbs 17:11
gives us this warning, "An evil man is bent only on rebellion; a
merciless official will be sent against him".