I love waiting until the last minute to do things. I love that feeling I get when I realize a deadline is drawing near, and I’ve done nothing to accomplish the task at hand. I love when I have to pay late payments on bills; especially those I’ve had to pay for years, who’s due dates haven’t changed! Those things make me feel all warm and tingly! NOT!! Anyone out there know what I’m talking about?
Why on earth do I do those things? I have all sorts of time on my hands, yet I still put things off. I especially do it when God’s asking me to do something. Mainly because He’s usually asking me to do something that seems difficult, and I’m allergic to hard work!
There’s only been one time in my life that, beyond any shadow of doubt, God told me plain as day to do something. It’s almost as if I’d heard an audible voice. Yet still, I argued with Him for three years! What? Was He crazy?! I wasn’t about to do that! I simply couldn’t. He’d even given me a very clear vision of how things would turn out! Yet still, fear, and quite possibly stupidity, kept me from being obedient. After three years of arguing with the creator of the universe, the Alfa and Omega, the all knowing, ever present, always has been God, I finally obeyed. And guess what. Yep! It turned out exactly like He said it would! What’s sad is, because of my disobedience, I’d missed out on three years of blessings.
Why oh why, do we do things like that? I mean, didn’t God create us? His word says that He knew us before we were created in our mothers wombs! So why did He make me so hard headed?! I’m pretty sure He meant for that stubbornness to be diligence. 🙂
The older I get, and the closer I get to God, the more I realize that His way is always better than mine; no matter how many times my flesh tells me it can’t be done! The thing is, it can’t be done in my own strength! I have to lean on Him and trust him to give me what I need to accomplish the goal He’s set for me. He knows what’s best! Period! And He’s assured me time and time again that I’m not really allergic to hard work.
I believe that God is calling His people to action! There’s lots of things to be done, and every day we’re left here on this earth, our time us getting shorter! If God’s asking you to do something, be obedient! If you don’t think you can do it, then there’s a good chance that, on your own, YOU probably can’t! But with Christ working through you, you can get the job done!
Stop. Look. Listen. Then, like the old hymn says, “Trust and obey! For there’s no other way! To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!”
Do you think all God wants are sacrifices—empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him!
Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production. Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult.
Getting self-important around God
is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to God’s command, he says No to your kingship. 1 Samuel 15:22-23