(This post is part of the Thursday Blog Hop for the Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Study of the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.)
Reading about someone else’s dire life circumstances, have you ever had the thought:
“If my body were wrecked by cancer and I had just a few months to live, I would continue to be so grateful to God for all He has given me. I would live bravely and strongly – in Him – so that I could be strong for my family and friends in my last months of life.”
A beautiful sentiment. But a crazy thought.
Hear me out. It’s not that I don’t think my God can sustain me and give me the strength to endure and help me to be a comfort to my friends at the end of my life. He can. No doubt about it!
But what makes me think I could be that strong in Him in that situation, when some days I can’t be that strong in Him in this situation?
When we think of saying “Yes!” to God, we think of the extraordinary things we could (would?) say yes to. The over-the-top, supernatural things.
But what about the ordinary things? Do we really say “Yes!” to God in all we do?
When we have a juicy piece of gossip that really wouldn’t hurt anyone that much… do we share, or do we say “Yes!” to God?
When the kiddo interrupts us for the 400th time to tell us another minute detail about the book he’s reading (or worse, the computer game he’s playing)… do we brush him off, or do we say “Yes!” to God?
When we think of the lonely acquaintance who could use a little extra love, do we ignore the thought because we’ve got too much to do, or do we say “Yes!” to God?
I was reading this morning about Naaman, the Aramean commander who suffered from leprosy and was hoping that God’s prophet would heal him of the affliction.
But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:10)
Naaman was furious! Elisha wouldn’t even come to see him; he sent a messenger instead! And now he was telling Naaman to bathe in the Jordan – as if that’s any better than any of the other rivers!
But [Naaman’s] officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!'” (2 Kings 5:13)
God requires our obedience – our radical obedience – even in the not-so-radical. How can we say to Him, “I am willing to give up all I own and be a missionary for You,” and yet not willingly offer a friend our favorite sweater when she is chilly? Or not donate our beloved wedding China to the Goodwill? Or not give up time on facebook to listen to a little boy who is excited about his game?
Are you like me – having difficulty some days being radically obedient in the everyday (sometimes relatively small) loving acts that God calls us to do? In what little ways have you found yourself saying “Yes!” to God (or struggling to say “Yes!” to God)?