You know those little nudges that tell you to do something? The ones where you know God is speaking to you? Transparency alert: I ignore those for as long as possible sometimes, especially when He is urging me to leave my little bubble of comfort. I’m human, flawed, and stubborn, but He assures me I am also chosen, beloved, and His.
When He nudges me, sometimes I recognize it right away and sometimes I don’t. Some days I’m denser than others, but I do eventually “get it”. Acting on it, though….. Wowza. That’s where I really struggle.
I was having a conversation earlier this week with a woman of God who also happens to be a dear friend and spiritual mentor. She told me about an instance where she felt nudged to act, but initially said, “Nah, God. I’m good.”
That phrase stuck with me. How many times does He ask for our obedience and we respond with a, “Nah, God. I’m good.”? I would need to borrow a lot of fingers and toes to count that high.
Here is the reality: God asks for our obedience. He doesn’t ask us to have it all figured out. He doesn’t ask for a plan. He doesn’t ask for every detail to be thought out. He asks us to trust Him and obey what He is asking us to do. He will take care of the details when we are obedient. We just have to step out in faith and trust in Him.
Our incredible God created us in His image, and sent His beloved Son to die a brutal death for you. For me. For all of us and for each of us. I repay Him with a brush off? A “nope”? A “lalalala” with my hands over my ears? I’m such a brat!
“Nah, God. I’m good.” Not really. Not even a little. I need You, God. I need Your provision and love. I need Your plan and guidance. I. Need. You.
We were created to crave His presence. We are told to abide in Him. We are told to obey. How is any of that possible when we ignore His direction, either willfully or inadvertently?
We have to focus our eyes on Him by reading and studying scripture. Applying it to our lives. Allowing sanctification and transformation to change us into who He sees when He looks at us. Partnering with others in The Kingdom who will hold us accountable, encourage us, and strengthen our faith.
My prayer is that every single one of us would heed the next little nudge and take immediate action. Just step out and obey. Let God be God. After all, if Jesus walked in obedience to a brutal death, what is my objection to being obedient?
“Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.”
Deuteronomy 8:6 NIV
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”
Deuteronomy 5:33 NIV
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6 NIV