Reaching the end of chapter three, a couple of thoughts regarding my habits, have settled in my mind, and I am pretty convinced that it is indeed the Lord speaking into my heart. Testing against the five key questions, it definately measures up.
If I am going to be radically obedient, the first habit to go, has to be my complaining about time.
Ephesians 5:15-17 says: “Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (ASV) The NIV translates it as “making the most of each opportunity.”
I am convinced that the Lord would not expect us never to relax and have fun, but the habit that I need to give up, is wasting time with frivolous activity, such as addictive games on the computer. It is one thing to open a game of Mahjong Titans or Combine, while holding on to be connected to a call centre agent, but quite another if you spend the next thirty minutes or longer with that fruitless activity. Closing the game calls for radical obedience.
Another habit weighs heavily on my mind since reading about the radical obedience. To quote Lysa: “He wanted me to make a choice between my desire and His.” At this point in time, there are a couple of aspects of our lives, that we are praying about. Things that we would very much like to see changed. I have fallen into the habit of almost dictating to God what needs to happen, instead of trusting the many promises in the Word, like the well-loved Jer 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Letting go of the habit of fretting, sulking and impatience with things that I do not particularly like, would be a further act of radical obedience.
I am so grateful for this OBS, because I have learnt so much in less than two weeks. I am excited to see what else the Lord has in store for me. I am turning #PalmsUp.