Sometimes we don’t know what to do and would like someone just to tell us what to do. But most of the time, we don’t like to be bossed about. “I’m my own man or woman,” we say. “No one tells me what to do.” “You’re not the boss of me.” And if we don’t say these things because we are too polite or don’t want to look bad, then we still think them. We resist, or resent, being told what to do.

So how do you react when God tells you what to do? Why should you obey him? Do you resist or resent … or obey without grumble or grudge? — Tim Chester, Exodus for You, ed. Carl Laferton, God’s Word for You (The Good Book Company, 2016), 67.

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