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The Demand of ‘Do Something’

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I honestly sit here very convicted. For as many times as I’ve launched out in faith and trusted God, I’ve many more times failed to trust God with other things–sometimes very simple things.

Maybe I wanted it badly (not even necessarily bad things). Maybe I thought I deserved relief. Maybe I thought my plan was good enough and if God wanted to do something different, He would come and fix it all.

Try to spiritualize it all you want, it’s unbelief.

Don’t worry, that finger is pointed squarely at my chest. I try to say I am trusting God and believing for His best, but the overwhelming sense to “do something now!” wants to take over. Those demands and pressures want to corner you and steal your lunch money, but you know as well as I do, that you can’t ultimately stop a bully with a bigger bully.

The bigger bully may not live up to the hype or he just may turn on you next.

Hezekiah, king of Judah, faced an invading army (the Assyrians), but God’s word was to sit still and trust Him. Instead he went looking for help.

The cry throughout the land was, “The Assyrians are coming!” But God always expects His people to rise above the natural plane and dwell, by His grace, in a supernatural dimension. –Bob Sorge, the Fire of Delayed Answers

When pressures mount, the hardest thing to do is lean into grace even though that grace is exactly what you need. When you hear the stirrings of desperate situations, you naturally want to panic and start evaluating what you can do to get out of it. Deadlines (real or imagined) loom, and the desire to piece together the “best” solution becomes stronger and stronger.

God appears to be too slow, not concerned with the gravity of your situation.

There will always be Assyrians (metaphorically speaking). Someone is always crying out in fear, “they’re coming! It’s coming! We’re all doomed.” I’m sad to say I’ve been swept up in it many times, but that’s the natural understanding. To see from His perspective is something quite different, but it takes amazing humility and restraint.

When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident. –Psalm 27:2-3

You have an enemy running at you, it’s hard to stand your ground. You don’t know they’re going to stumble until they do! An army against you, war around you–the natural inclination is fear and discouragement. David says, “no, I will be confident” and then the very next verse gets down to real business asking to dwell with God and behold Him.

That’s living on another plane!

I’m repenting today for acting out of unbelief and feeling sad thinking about what testimonies I cheated myself out of. God is serious about this stuff, and as much as He wants to bless us, we have to endure until the end.

There may be an army gunning for me, but I have to be confident–not in my abilities or wisdom. In Him and only Him.

Am I alone? What are your thoughts on this?


fda-sorge3Welcome to week 1 of Chapter 10 for our book club discussion of the Fire of Delayed Answers (disclosure) by Bob Sorge. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Since the chapters are longer and subject matter warrants, we’ll also be taking 2 weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it to the widget below. Either way, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

12 Comments

  1. Not by might, not by power -- the words come to mind pretty easily for those of us who have the written Word, the luxury of peaceful time to study and memorize. We may know the words, but the steps? Sometimes we have to admit we don’t know them quite as well, and trust in the unseen God can evaporate like a puddle on asphalt after a summer shower when faced with what seem to be “real” troubles. The first step back? Admitting it…

    Good stuff, Jason! 🙂
    Rick recently posted..Now, Where Was I?My Profile

    • I don’t know what you mean, my words and deeds always line up! Oh wait, I just admitted they didn’t in the post. Yeah, lots to learn and so much more to experience in trusting Him. There’s nothing too small or great that He doesn’t want to be involved in our lives. Thanks so much, Rick. 🙂

  2. Seem to remember that God told Joshua (and us)to be bold and courageous…hard sometimes but when He is ALWAYS with us we overcome anything. Thanks Jason!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..What a Year Has Given MeMy Profile

    • It’s all about the directive of God. I want that supernatural boldness and courage which doesn’t involve leaning on my wisdom or finding human help to get me relief. He can use whomever He chooses to help, but when I make it happen, I cross the line. Thanks for the encouragement, Jay!

  3. Without going into lots of detail, your post today rang so true for me today. Thank you for the reassurance that God is there, in His timing, no matter what.
    Blessings, Jason!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..The Feast is Prepared!My Profile

    • He is good and faithful--always! Thanks so much, Martha.

  4. Never alone brother, we belong to the same family and unbelief runs in all our veins at time. Good post.

    • So funny how it doesn’t look like unbelief at the time--looks like common sense or being practical. Nothing wrong with those things in themselves, but His Spirit guides so much better when we pay attention! Thank you, Betty.

  5. Jason, I am an absolute pro at “piecing together the best solution.” My assumptions and imaginations create all sorts of scenarios to which I then create plans of action. Problem is that most of the time the plan I create is based on so little fact that it does me no good. Relying on God, trusting Him to work out a situation for my good, is so difficult sometimes even though He has a pretty good track record in my life. I need to remind myself more often and more quickly that He works it out better than me every time. Definitely an area I am working on.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Timing MattersMy Profile

    • I know exactly what you mean. I experience His hand at work and it blows me away, but it seems I have a short memory or I falter the next instance I need to trust. Will God do it again? Yes. He responds to faith and our trusting Him. Working on it with you, Kari. Thank you.

  6. I feel convicted as well…yet also hopeful. I’m learning so much in this book. So much I never thought to question.
    Last night I read through all my posts from this book and RE-learned some things.
    yes, I’ve missed out on wonderful testimonies of God working in my life. But my story isn’t over. God is still working and I’m in the middle of yet another testimony. I still suck at waiting, but I’m learning.

    Great post.

    • You’re so right. As long as there’s breath, there is hope of God’s restoration and mercy. The initial promise wasn’t based on our merit and the hope of salvation (in all that entails and means) isn’t based on our deserving either. Waiting is an art I’m learning as well! Thank you, TC.

      By the way, I changed your link in the widget to this week’s post as I assumed that’s what you meant to post here. If not, let me know and I can change it again. Thanks. 🙂

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