I’ve been having some very interesting experiences with my 11-year-old son, Rylie. Trust me, interesting is about the nicest way I can put it. What I really want to call it is…picture steam bursting from teapots like geysers and erupting volcanoes. That’s me in these fun situations.
Anyway, Rylie comes to me with what I think is a legitimate question. I mean, I really believe he wants an answer until I give him one and he tells me I’m wrong.
Rylie: “Hey Dad, how does a radio work?”
Me: “It receives a signal through the antenna.”
Rylie: “No, it doesn’t.”
Me: “Then why did you ask me?”
Rinse and repeat.
But despite the frustration it did get me thinking about my relationship with God and how many times the same situation has played out with him.
Me: “What do I need to do in order to get breakthrough?”
God: “You need to let some things go.”
Me: “No, I don’t.”
I can imagine God throwing up his hands and saying, “Then why did you even ask me?”
I wonder how many times we go to God for insight or guidance and completely dismiss what we hear because it isn’t what we want or like. I know that there have been more than a few times that I have asked God how to get through something and come away convinced what I’d heard was from the devil.
I wonder how many times we go to God for insight or guidance and completely dismiss what we hear because it… Click To TweetGive away our savings account? Fast for 40 days? Get behind me Satan!
Breakthrough came but only after admitting what I’d heard was really from God and acting on what he’d told me. But some of us never take the issues in our lives back to God. We try once, get something we don’t like, and then hold it close to our chest for the rest of our lives wondering why we can’t ever seem to get a break.
There are times that the path to abundant life is easy and I thank God for those times. Sometimes it almost seems like we are floating down the path he made for us. But other steps are harder and they require something more from us. We might have to give something up or change our lifestyle in a way we don’t want to. Maybe we have to admit to or confess something. We still have to take the steps if we want the abundant life Jesus came to bring.
In Jeremiah 41 we find that the people of Judah are on the brink of destruction and have promised to do whatever the Lord told them to do. When Jeremiah came back with the answer, they refused. They didn’t like the answer so they chose to ignore it, and that choice led to pain and suffering that could’ve been avoided.
God knows the way to abundant life for us. But we have to listen. We must be willing to do what he tells us to do and not dismiss it because we don’t like it.
Let’s get desperate for LIFE. Let’s have the kind of desperation that makes us willing to do whatever God tells us to do. That’s the attitude transformation is born from.
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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-Sid Roth, Host, It s Supernatural!