If you know anything about beavers, you know they’re stubborn. In fact, you just plain have to relocate them if you want your creek or river to flow. I thought about beavers this morning when I read this, (don’t ask me why):
Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh there is a nature that renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. When the Lord initially comes in contact with our conscience, the first thing our conscience does is awaken our will, and our will always agrees with God. Yet you say, “But I don’t know if my will is in agreement with God.” Look to Jesus and you will find that your will and your conscience are in agreement with Him every time. What causes you to say “I will not obey” is something less deep and penetrating than your will. It is perversity or stubbornness, and they are never in agreement with God. The most profound thing in a person is his will, not sin.
So, the moral of the story today is this, if we relocate the stubborn beaver to a useful place, like damning up the canals of disobedience that want to come in and clog the flow of our will, then it can be a good thing. Stubbornly set your mind on Jesus and flow freely.