There are many times in my life when I’ve heard the Lord say “go,” after all, life is a continual journey of watching and waiting for the “go” from Him and choosing whether or not to obey. “Go” has looked like various things in my 45 years, and I have met the command with various responses that have directly effected the outcome.
Perhaps you have a “go” dancing in your heart even as you read this. That’s not a coincidence or fate - it’s God’s way of confirming your calling! But how do we respond when we clearly hear the “go” from Him?
I’m currently studying the children of Israel in a Bible Study and on my own as I dig deeper, and the Israelites are poster children for God’s faithful leadership and their rebellion to it. I’m so often quick to judge them until I realize that they are the OT parallel to me... a NT chosen child through faith in Jesus Christ.
I can learn so much from their example, including the one I studied in Ezra this morning, as they were called to go back home from captivity. See if you recognize yourself in one of their reasons not to go:
1. AGE - “I’m weary. It’s been so long. I’m just so tired.”
2. COMFORT - “I like it here. Life is easy and good.”
3. PRIDE - “I don’t want to give up what I’ve built for myself here.”
4. FEAR - “That journey is too dangerous and risky. I’m afraid.”
5. TOO MUCH - “It’s just too much to start again. I don’t even know how.”
6. NO THANKS - “I’m good, God. I’ve got this.”
Oh man! I identify with each one, and have used them at various times in my response to the “go” of the Lord! And what do I miss as a result??? A great adventure as a chosen and creative instrument in building His kingdom.
Oh, He WILL build it... and He’s inviting us to be a part! What a gift! Girlfriend, it’s not too late if you’ve already said no because He’s lovingly offering again... right now!
May you and I respond whole-heartedly on this Monday - “YES, LORD! I’ll go! Fill me in on my part along the way!”
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me." - Isaiah 6:8
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. - 1 Peter 2:21