Tomorrow is the last day of June!!! Today after reading Luke 4, I continued with Prov. 29:1, “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy.” “Stiff-necked” draws to mind the many times the prophets lamented over “stiff-necked” and stubborn people they prophesized to. I reflect, are there areas in my life where I am stiff-necked and refuse to accept rebuke? The easiest place to ponder in my life that is probably symptomatic of my personal dynamic is to ponder the blood sugar reading on Monday morning. If the number is elevated then I know I have not lived properly the day before. No exercise? Too much sugar? Easting a sweet offered so as not to offend the host? Too much stress? I can analyze. I can rationalize. I can explain. I can even agree but if I do not change my behavior, problems await. Psalm 29 opens, “Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty-ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.” David starts by placing his eyes on God, by crediting God with the strength to face his day. As Jesus entered the synagogue in Nazareth, on the Sabbath, as was his custom, he is handed the scroll – the Word. As I come to the end of June, as I start my day, where do I find my strength to receive the rebukes I need to hear to correct my ways? I fear if I look to my own heart and insight, I will rationalize away the truth of my stiff-necked-ness.   If I look to culture, I will dissolve action in debate over the best solution. Hand me the “scroll” of the Word of God that I might ascribe to Him the glory and strength He is due and which I need to humble myself before. Blessings as you face your challenging areas today!

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