Monday, July 13, 2009

Because I said so...

Ever have those moments where you feel you’re being prompted to do something you don’t want to do? Now, ever know that those promptings are coming from God but you still don’t want to do it? Yeah, that’s me right now! God is prompting me to consider an option in my life that I had dismissed a long time ago. Now, here it is again, staring me right in the face saying “Pick me! Pick me!” Urghhhh!

As I have struggled back and forth with the choices that lay ahead, God has gently reminded me that we have been in this place before. We have stood in this place where I say “I don’t want to…” as He says “Trust me.” I come back with “but why should I do this?” He simply whispers “Because I said so…” The first time I was here with God was right after I had become a believer and God was prompting me to be re-baptized. I struggled long and hard over this because I had been baptized as a child and didn’t see the point. However, the point was this: God was prompting me to be obedient to Him. The baptismal water wasn’t required for my salvation; God was asking me to take my first step of obedience. Proclaiming my faith in Him was for His glory not mine! Sharing my internal struggle really witnessed to a lot of hearts that day – praise God! He has rewarded that obedience a hundred fold since that day.

A perfect example of doing what you’re told even though it may not make sense comes from the book of Joshua. Joshua had followed God‘s direction and led the Israelites to Jericho and now faced a looming problem. Jericho was surrounded by a great wall and Joshua didn’t have a plan of how to overtake it. God instructed Joshua to gather the 7 priests and carry the Ark of the Covenant around the wall every day for 6 days. Then on the 7th day they were to walk around the wall 7 times and then blow their horns and give a great, long yell and the wall would fall and Jericho would be theirs. How crazy is that??? I’ve been prompted to do some things that have made me uncomfortable but not anything like that! In a worldly perspective, Joshua had a great deal to lose. His men would think he had gone crazy, it would be challenging to make them all do it and why would that even work? Well it would work because God told him it would!!

Joshua was obedient to God and was rewarded with a great victory. God has a great victory planned for each of us if we stop saying “Why Lord?” and start saying “Yes Lord!” When a great price is paid, a great victory is earned!
Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

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