Many people become hobbled in life when they just refuse to budge one more inch in the parameters of their world. They just adamantly refuse to accept certain truths or refuse to accept that the views of certain other people just might be valid. Pride often gets in the way, and such people do not like being wrong, so they become stagnant in their thinking, and their worlds remain quite small regardless of how long they live. Pride is the main error in these people, but there is also an intellectual laziness. Such people are more comfortable where they are. Change might require a little bit of pain as cherished ideas we grasp are shattered by new, overwhelming information or experiences. People have to be willing and humble in order to learn. This is absolutely essential. Of course, learning can be accomplished by force imposed on those that do not want to learn or are ignorant, such as in the basic training that all military recruits go through. But this is a necessary process in the military with harsh techniques being required to take a group of people with the whole spectrum of abilities, desires, and knowledge and cramming into them hundreds or thousands of bits of information about military life, military customs, and knowledge of how to survive in a military environment.
God can be forceful sometimes to make us do what He wants, such as the story in the Bible of Jonah and the whale. In spite of Jonah’s attempts to escape God, he found out that, when God wants you to do something, there is no way out and no place you can hide. God sometimes has to use force on us to get us to do what is right. But He is always right, and each time that we end up yielding to Him on these issues, we discover in the end that He was right and we were wrong to persist in whatever we were doing or thinking. I would venture to say that most of the time, however, God uses love, enticement, and gentleness to reach out to us. Just as in the Aesop’s fable of the sun and the wind, God knows that enticement works best rather than force in getting people to yield to His will. The days of His Indulgent will and His kind, gentle approach are drawing to an end, though. The unmistakable signs of God’s attempts to get our attention are in nature everywhere across the globe as incredible disastrous natural events have become more and more common.
I pray that you would seek God’s will today in your life and that He will open your eyes to see the working of His Hand and to understand His Will for your life. He has a plan for every person’s life. I pray that you will discover what His Plan is for you.