Deotions from Judy’s heart
Timing is everything! I read an article on Crosswalk by Mary Southerland about procrastination, which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but actually is a sin. Maybe it doesn’t sound so serious to put something off intentionally and say you will get back to it one day, but it is really saying no to the Lord. “Lord, I don’t really want to do it, at least not now, and I choose to do it in my own time, if ever.”
We have all witnessed seeing a mom tell her child to do something and then tell him again and maybe again, as no action happens. Even the people present get tired of hearing the repetition over and over again as the parent tries to get the child to do it. You want to just say, “Just go do it!” The child is using as much energy avoiding doing it, as he does if he were to just do it at the time. It results in the start of a bad habit, not only disobeying his parent but also the Lord.
If we are honest with ourselves, aren’t we often just like the child as we try to also avoid doing things that God has asked us to do? When we procrastinate, putting off what He clearly has told us to do, we are left feeling restless and guilty. Southerland says when God asks something of us it requires discipline and commitment to the Lord and when we disobey it is a sin. Good intentions without following through do not equal obedience. We are to seek the Lord’s will and His kingdom first as it says in Matt. 6:33 (ESV), “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” We need to seek to do things the way He desires for His Kingdoms sake. That means we don’t lag behind but also that we don’t jump the gun and do things before it is God’s timing. That is equally as bad, for obedience is doing things God’s way and in God’s timing.
Challenge for today: Be on God’s time table and submit to His will and way.