The Demand of ‘Do Something’
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?
Welcome 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!