Psalm 107: 10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor; they fell down, with no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; 14 he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder.
V.11 tells us that the persons mentioned here experienced “darkness” and “gloom” as a result of rebelling against the words of God. They did what seemed right to them at the time, rather than take heed of God’s direction. And as is typically the case, they paid a price.
Freedom to do things our own way usually ends badly. I know this. You know this. Yet so often we do our own thing anyway. There’s that rebellious side of human nature that wants to believe we know better, or that somehow we are an exception to the rule of God.
Lord, help me get over myself and follow your ways. Amen.