We don’t hesitate when it’s time to do something for ourselves. When we’re hungry, we eat—sometimes at a nice restaurant. (There’s nothing like a good steak.) If we need clothes, we buy them. (Ever notice how there’s nothing in your closet to wear?) When we’re bored, we find something fun to do. (How about a movie and some $20 popcorn!) But when God stirs our heart to do something, we delay. Why?
Top 5 Reasons People Delay Obeying God…
REASON #1: I don’t believe I heard from God. Truth: God often asks us to help someone in need. If you feel prompted to give to others (for example: donating to victims of a tsunami, a food pantry or the homeless stranger on the street), then you are probably hearing from God. It’s His will for us to help those less fortunate…
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:34-26, NLT)
REASON #2: It’s inconvenient. I’ll have to sacrifice something (time, money or energy) to do it. Truth: God will reward your sacrifice.
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” (Mark 10:29-31, NLT)
REASON #3: It doesn’t make sense. Truth: You may not understand God’s plan because you can’t see the situation from his eternal perspective.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, NLT)
REASON #4: I’ll do it—later. Truth: Later may be too late. Sometimes a small action can prevent a life or death situation.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7, KJV)
REASON #5: This (you name it) is more important to me. Truth: Putting God’s agenda ahead of your own is the key to lasting fulfillment.
“ …the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word (what God wants you to do), and it becomes fruitless.”(Mark 4:19, AMP, emphasis mine)
TODAY’S LIFE KEY: Overcome the pitfalls of delay (which is really disobedience) with the truth. And remember, everything God asks us to do is for our good.