Pastor Stephan Ichiriu
In his book, The Blessed Life, Robert Morris talks about the principle of instant obedience. When God speaks to us about something, the best thing to do is act on his instructions right away. Don’t overthink it, don’t analyze it six ways to Sunday. Just act!
This can be hard for someone like me—I like to strategize and rationalize, thinking through the potential risks and rewards before moving forward. Some people are naturally action-oriented. They approach life like this: Ready, Fire, Aim. I, on the other hand, tend to make decisions like this: Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim… Although this approach can help me make the right decision, it can also hold me back. After all, I’ve heard it said that the opportunity of a lifetime only exists within the lifetime of that opportunity.
A couple of weeks ago, one of those opportunities presented itself. Through the book I mentioned earlier, God has been teaching me and Kim about generosity. We have loved reading about all the modern day miracles and stories of God’s supernatural provision coming through people who live with a heart of God-directed giving. One night after reading another chapter, some friends of ours came to mind as I was drifting off to sleep. I felt led to give them a check and when I asked God about the amount, a number came to mind. I quickly nodded off, excited about this plan.
I woke up the next morning and doubt entered my mind. “Was that really God?” I thought, “Maybe I just made that up myself.” You see, the number that came to me the night before was a significant amount. It didn’t make sense for us to give that much. It was going to require a sacrifice. The analysis paralysis started to set in, but before it could completely immobilize me I told Kim about the idea. She encouraged me to take a step of faith.
I met up with our friends a few days later and had a good time catching up. Before I left, I gave them a card with the check to open later. I was nervous about what their response would be, but felt good about following through. A few hours later, my friends called me back in tears. They had been shorted by a client this month and were going to have to hustle to make up the shortfall. God, however, took care of it—the amount on the check was the exact dollar amount they needed! I was overwhelmed with emotion, and felt so grateful that God would use me and my family in that way.
Although I think God understands when we hesitate, especially when his instructions are going to cost us something, I think God takes great joy when we cheerfully follow his lead. Let’s continue to listen closely, and act with instant obedience!