How often do we decide to make a positive change in our lives – and then we don’t follow-through? We change our minds. It gets too hard so we give up.
How often does this happen?
All of the time.
How often are we convicted by the Holy Spirit to make an adjustment in order to better line our lives up with God’s will? And, after we try, we give up. When it gets tough, we go back to our old habits.
We are very fickle.
When it gets hard, we opt out of the hard changes that are needed and decide to go back to being comfortable.
In Jeremiah 34, we read about the Israelites doing this same thing. The Law of Moses had restricted how long Hebrews could be slaves. When Jeremiah pointed out that fact that the Israelites had not been following this law, they saw that they were doing this wrong thing. And they let their slaves go free.
“But afterward they changed their minds and took back the slaves they had freed and enslaved them again.” (vs 11)
We are not told the details of why the Israelites changed their minds – but we can read between the lines.
Life got hard.
The Israelites had to get their own water and cook their own food. They had to clean and do all of the dirty work the slaves had been doing.
Obeying the law was just too hard so they decided to disobey and go back to the comfortable life they had before they were convicted of their sin.
And they missed the blessings that come after we obey.
God blesses obedience.
He has blessings lined up, waiting for us……if we’ll go through the tough part of obeying.
When we actually do the things that the Holy Spirit is prompting us to do, we are going to feel the satisfaction that comes with participating in God’s plan. We will experience his blessings.
The blessings that only come after we obey.
Thank you, Abba Father.