In each of us there is a line, however distant on the horizon or buried beneath our composed exterior, a line we most often never think about. It is the line of conditional obedience, the point at which we are no longer willing to follow God.
We all have a pay-off system with God: if I do this, God will do that. If I do this thing for God, He will do that thing for me. When you are doing all that you know to be right and right things don’t seem to be coming your way, it is easy to become frustrated. Frustration is the fear your efforts will not “pay off”. This frustration brings plainly into view the line of conditional obedience you have drawn.
As we approach this line that we are not aware of, we find ourselves saying, “If God doesn’t do this, then…” We have to ask ourselves if we have to have a condition met so that we can obey God. Is there an outcome that must take place before we obey God? Do things have to work out for me to obey God?
God has His own questions, such as “will you obey and do what I tell you even if A or B does not happen? The once distant line of conditional obedience is now visible.
We must raise the level of commitment. A crisis has a way of showing us where our line of conditional obedience is, but that is not all that a crisis reveals. It is during the initial state of your crisis that the course is set for your outcome.
Notice what Hosea 2:14-15 says: “Therefore, behold I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her, her vineyard form thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope. And she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she come up out of the land of Egypt.”
Somewhere, sometime, somehow, as your heart moves forward in spite of present pain, you begin to know He has brought you to this place, not for destruction, but for redemption.
You may not be in crisis because you displeased Him, but rather because there is a greater treasure that must be unlocked within you – Your true IDENTIFY.
God challenges all of the trappings and conditions we have added since our conversion. And before it is over His promise is that you will sing. So sing in the midst of crisis as you did when you were first saved. Sing as you did before layers of hurt and disappointment silenced your song and before you knew the laws of prosperity, strategies for warfare, or how to be promoted in the kingdom.
God want us to be willing to follow when we don’t know where we are going. And even to trust Him when we can’t track Him. Isaiah 1:19 says, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.”
Because He Is – I Am