Sometimes, I say to my kids, “To delay is to disobey.”
For instance, I may instruct them, “Move away from the cake so you don’t end up eating it!”
If they delay and linger by it…eventually, they’ll put their finger smack dab in the center of it and lick the sugary icing off their finger. The temptation will be too great.
So often, to delay is to disobey. It leaves room to ask, “Did God really say…? Maybe it is okay if I…” (See: Gen. 3:1). It opens the door to justification and rationalization.
Recently, God showed up in a big way in my life. It was an awe-inspiring breakthrough. I got clarity to a decisive next-step from God. On day 1, I was all in. But, day 14? I started to wonder, “Was that really you, God? Did you really say that? I am not sure it can work that way because ___, and ___and ___.” I got an Eve-complex.
Questions — and all the reasons why it “couldn’t work” — were zapping my faith.
The delay was causing disobey to rise up in me. I began to sway.
It won’t be good because…
What I have here is really good…
It can’t possibly work out…
Rather than looking ahead to where God was taking me, I looked back at my circumstances.
Another woman did this. Her name was “Lot’s wife.”
And, God was not pleased with her behavior: “But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.” (Gen. 19:26)
She looked back at sin, at Sodom and Gomorrah. Today, I repent of looking back, delaying, and rationalizing my own way. I can’t move ahead when looking back. Nor can I go with God, when I’m going against Him. Forgive me, God!
And, He does, forgive me.
What about you? Where have you strayed? Looked back? Delayed? Where does it feel that you are working against God, rather than with Him?
You know, things of God won’t always make sense. They won’t always seem easy. They won’t always come together as we expected. But, this doesn’t mean God isn’t working in our life. When we trust Him, even though, He helps us. When we keep our eyes on Him, despite what we think, He leads us. When we remember our best work has nothing to do with us, He equips us.
God has your best path and all you need — you already have — through knowing Him.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:3)
Be encouraged, even if your way doesn’t make any sense.
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I love that verse in 2 Peter. I tend to question, rationalize, move cautiously. May God help me, when I know for sure His will, to step forward depending on His grace and ability.
Thank you for encouragement to persevere over and through the long obedience!
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Good word today.
Eve complex? Yup, I get that too. Wondering if God’s words just might not apply to me or my situation. But they do. They always do.
While we may have advanced in technology, we continue to be under the effects of the fall. We constantly struggle in our relationship with God, and we are all born with the self-seeking desire to be our own king. God bless us all!
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2 Peter 1.3 is such a great promise, isn’t it, but it’s so easy to want to drag our feet and look for a loophole in some command or make some other excuse. Your post reminded me of a quote in a parenting book by Ginger Plowman, “Delayed obedience is disobedience.” And as Saul learned in 1 Samuel 15, so is partial obedience. Thanks for sharing such simple and yet, powerful truths.