Sometimes I think that we mistakenly wait to do something until we understand it better. There can be good wisdom with understanding stuff, but if we aren’t careful, our efforts to understand can undermine our obedience to God. For example, in Genesis 12 God told Abram to go to a land that God would show him & Abram set out. I’m not entirely sure that Abram knew the destination that God had in mind, but he was obedient to get moving, nonetheless. We don’t always have to understand to obey 🙂
Happy post Labor Day! Nike says, “Just do it” and I like to think of this tagline when it comes to obeying Jesus, “just do it!” and say, “YES!!!”
But consider this, when we say “yes” to Jesus, let’s also consider that our agreement with Jesus will also mean disagreement with other things. Saying “yes” to Jesus also means saying “no” to unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, selfishness, apathy and lots more.
Just do it, also means just don’t do it ,)
Ever feel like there’s more month than money or more stress than supply? If you’ve decided to follow Jesus, there’s a good chance that you might have some seasons that seem sparse, challenging & even stressful. I was reading about Elijah this morning in 1 Kings & how there was a drought in Israel. During the drought, God spoke to Elijah to go into the wilderness by a specific brook & God would make a provision for Elijah. The provision was the brook & ravens bringing him breakfast & dinner. After the brook dried up, God instructed Elijah to go to a particular town & that a widow was there who would take care of Elijah. When Elijah obeyed, he learned that the widow was preparing to fix the last meal for herself & her son.
I find that both of these provisions (ravens & starving widows) were highly unconventional. In our world, let’s not limit our obedience to God to conventional provisions. Perhaps Elijah’s unconventional provisions were directly linked to his unconventional obedience to God – just something to think about ,)
I was reading a few days about in Exodus about God’s instructions to Moses for the Passover. What stood out to me was how God was very clear that this meal was to be eaten quickly and in a state of readiness. They were supposed to have their traveling clothes on, bags packed, the bread was unleavened (so no rising time was necessary), all with the intent of getting out of Egypt quickly. Indeed, the very purpose of the meal was to give them fuel for their journey.
This was interesting to me because I tend to like to linger and chat over meals. I like that a meal can be a means through which relationships can deepen. But in the case of the Passover meal, it wasn’t for relationship purposes. There are times that God wants us to get moving, stop stalling & quit lingering. Some seasons are for relationship development and some seasons are for moving forward. Many times, we don’t know beyond one step at a time, what God has down the road. But we must be careful to be obedient to the next step. 🙂
I’ve been thinking about the Holy Spirit & Who the Holy Spirit is of late. Of course I don’t fully understand the Holy Spirit, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I always want to say “yes” to the Holy Spirit. I want to say “yes” to the Holy Spirit when:
- I don’t understand what’s happening.
- I don’t feel like it.
- something isn’t in my normal comfort zone.
- I’m confronted with a behavior that is contrary to His truth.
- He wants to use me for His purposes
- I’m offered love, grace & comfort and I haven’t earned it nor do I deserve it.
I want to say “yes” to the Holy Spirit.
I’ve been noticing some things w my kids that are somewhat eye opening. When I ask them to do something, like the pick up the things they were playing with or clean their rooms, etc, they can sometimes tend to have 1 of 2 reactions: complain or argue. Both of these reactions are becoming very annoying & probably reflect some bad parenting shortcomings on my part. With that being said, the whole complain or argue strategy has started me thinking about how I react to God’s directives in my life.
There are times that I know that God is asking me to do something & I have some “creative answers” that include: I don’t have time, I don’t want to do that, why do I have to do this? that’s a really big sacrifice, I’m not smart enough to do that, I’m too busy doing the other things You told me to do, . . . . .
Some of the ways that my kids respond to me have really started me thinking about how I respond to my heavenly Father. I always want my kids to respond with respect, honor, hard work, no complaining or arguing, etc. I think my heavenly Father would like me to treat His requests in the same way – what great opportunities to grow! 🙂