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7 Truths I Learned in the Desert of Rebellion

Imagine blistering heat waves surging over your soul.

You’re dwelling in a desert. You’re parched and alone. You’re angry and afraid.

After surveying the thousands of miles that must be retraced to return, the desire for escape is stifled by overwhelming exhaustion.

God seems quite far and restoration an unreachable mirage.

Has this described a familiar illustration? If so, I’ll embrace transparency and confide something:

This is my story. In my lifetime, I have struggled with rebellion. It began in my tweens and has surfaced at several points since then. I’ve made more than one miserable trudge in that direction.

The Bible has something to say about this topic that holds achingly true:

“…the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” -Psalm 68:6b

There are seven truths I’ve learned from the desert of rebellion that leave me hating it every time:

1.Rebellion is never worth it. 

The enemy wants to connive us into believing that rebellion is justified—that we have a right to “do our own thing” and disregard God’s Word or His commandment to honor our father and mother that it will go well with us (Ephesians 6:1-2).

Nothing justifies disrespect, but if we choose it, instead of ingesting the sweet fruit that submission yields, we must choke down the rotten fruit rightfully earned by our disobedience (Proverbs 1:31).

2. Rebellion isolates.

When being right becomes more important than peacefully yielding to what we know to be true in God’s Word, it leaves us angry and at odds with everyone around us. A barrier is built. We’re left a prisoner, isolated, with nothing but our vices for company. That’s a bitter price, friend, and I have had to painfully dole it out more than once.  It reminds me of this quote:

Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away Paradise.

Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose.”

-Richard Sibbes

3. Rebellion breeds fear, anxiety, and guilt.

It is impossible for a rebellious person to be at peace. They are attacked with warring emotions of fear, anxiety, and guilt over their actions.

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