The other day I was in the living room and asked Charisse to do something…and she completely ignored me and kept right on going with her agenda.
SO…I repeated myself to her, thinking maybe she had not heard me; after all, my beautiful, perfect little angel would NEVER ignore her father’s voice because I was asking something that may inconvenience her, right? ☺
She ignored me again…so…
I got up from the couch and said, “Charisse, what did daddy say?”
She stopped what she was doing, looked me in the eyes and told me exactly what I had been asking her to do…and then she went and did it.
She heard me, she understood me…she just chose to put me off for as long as she could before obeying me…perhaps thinking if she ignored me long enough that I would change my mind.
I said out loud (to no one in particular), “Why in the world didn’t she just do what I told her the first time?”
And then I felt the Lord ask me the same thing about me! SNAP!
I can not count the number of times I have really felt the Lord pressing down on me to do something…and I don’t necessarily say no…I just choose to ignore the prompting, thinking that by doing so it may disappear because, after all, He would NEVER ask me to do something uncomfortable, right? Things such as…
- “You need to make a phone call and get things right with that person.”
- “You need to memorize more Scripture.”
- “I want you to be more generous—and here is your opportunity.”
- “Witness to that person.”
- “Tell Lucretia that you are sorry and that it was your fault.”
- “Call that person and ask them how they are doing.”
I think you get the picture.
One of the things I am really wrestling with right now is desperately trying to practice immediate obedience…that whenever I hear the voice of the Lord I don’t ask for an explanation or an time extension…I just obey.
I am learning more and more that God’s holiness impacts every aspect of His being…even what He commands of His children. SO…when He speaks to me what He is commanding me to do is an extension of His holiness and perfection; therefore, He can be completely trusted!
Is there anything you are putting off that God keeps pressing in on you? He’s not going to change His mind. The key to freedom in this life we are living is to stop trying to negotiate with Him and just obey—period.