Does disobedience have a motive? Yes. We put SELF above God. We act with arrogance and pride. We believe we know what is best and act it out.
Let’s go back to Jonah. He ran from the presence of the Lord. Why? He didn’t want to do what God had sent him to do. The Assyrians were enemies. His actions made his motive visual. He disobeyed God’s word by going his own way.
The folks in Haggai’s day had disobeyed the Lord. He had commissioned them to rebuild the temple. Their actions revealed a motive of SELF above God. They served themselves by fixing up their own houses.
We sin when we push for our own way. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” What has He called us to? 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
That brings up another verse in my mind. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
How could we be so arrogant to think that we would know how to navigate through works that were prepared for us? Those works are part of God’s orchestrated purpose for our lives.
The Lord uses our trials, adversities, and hardships to conform our motives so that they direct our thoughts and actions into His perfect plan for our lives. Hebrews 4:12 Amplified spoke of His word as, “…penetrating…exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
All thoughts originate from our motives. No wonder David asked the Lord to search his heart. Psalm 26:2 says, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.” Let us make David’s prayer our own. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Pure motives will direct our actions into ways that glorify the Lord.