After walking with the Lord for more than two decades now, I realize, I may not say a complete “NO” to the Lord when He asks me to do something. I might stand around asking “Is it REALLY You Lord?” couple of times and then buy some more time by really being busy in the “ministry” that I don’t have time to sit and think about what God is trying to tell me. I might even tell a best friend, “I am struggling, will you pray for me?” And those prayers strangely NEVER get answered. Wonder why?
In the first place, it is just delayed obedience on my part. When it comes to the insight from the scriptures, delayed obedience is just disobedience- even when I say “I am struggling.”
I sat down drafting at least two different articles tonight. Nothing was moving. After much prayer and travailing and not getting anything, I finally decided I am not going to post something for the sake of it. Got ready for bed and almost called it a day, that is when my sweet friend caught up with a late night test, “Missed your blog, you okay?” To which I replied, “I am struggling” Grateful to a God who catches our own words and reminds us to tarry in long obedience in the same direction.
King Saul was an example in partial obedience (incomplete obedience) that we read yesterday. Today I want to write about a person who showed delayed obedience in the scriptures.
Jacob left his birth place and was on the run for his life while he had an encounter with God at a place that He called Bethel-(house of God). There he makes a promise to God:
“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” (Gen 28:20-22) Basically the guy who’s on the run for stealing his brother’s share says he was going to come back to Bethel and tithe!
“Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.”(Gen 35:1)