My daughter was reluctant to eat her oatmeal. I told her to wait for a while before she ate it because it was too hot for consumption fresh off the stove.
But when it cooled down well enough for her to eat it, she was hesitant to do so. She expressed her fear of it being too hot. I reaffirmed that it was now ready for her to eat. Yet, she still insisted that she didn't want to burn her tongue.
I kept reiterating that she should go ahead and eat it. And she kept telling me it was too hot. Meanwhile, her food was actually getting cold...
At this point, I became somewhat annoyed. I became annoyed because her reluctance showed that she didn't trust me at my word. She believed what she thought was more trustworthy than what I said.
Now, I was not ignorant of her fear. I understood it. But her faith in my words should have overridden her fear.
Sit up. Listen to me.
If God is calling you to take something on that you are afraid to do, you had better let your faith be bigger than your fears. Yes, fear is sometimes valid, but our distrust in God's words is never validated. Even if you think your proverbial oatmeal is too hot to eat, at God's word, you better eat it. Don't let your blessings get cold!
"It's ready, eat it!", I said to my daughter. Finally, she believed my words and dug in. She enjoyed it, yes. But it wasn't as warm and comforting as it would have been if she would have eaten it when I instructed her to do so.
Go when God says go. Eat when He says eat. Conquer and pursue at His Word. I'm reminded of how the children of Israel refused to take the Promised Land at God's word out of fear (Numbers 13).
Unfortunately, their reluctance caused them to miss receiving the Promised Land. They died without the promise, not because of their fear, but because of their lack of trust in God's word.
I pray that you and I can receive the promises of God in our lives. That we can eat our oatmeal while it is nice and warm for consumption. That we will take the land when it is good for the taking. If you're up for it, join me in a word of prayer.
Father God, we thank you for allowing us access to you through the sacrifice of your Son Jesus Christ. We thank you for your many blessings, your grace, and your mercy.
We ask, Lord, that we will be obedient to your word. That at your word, regardless of any present fear, we will trust you. That we will move forward and consume what you have sat before us in faith. Please keep us from having a hesitant spirit. But if reluctance arises, please have mercy on us and do not withhold our promised land from us.
May our faith be bigger than our fear. Give us courage and audacity to take what is divinely ours. We seal and send this prayer to you Father in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Alright people! That's all! Have a blessed and wonderous day and week. 'Til next time, take care.
Quin Arrington is an author of three christian books available on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/quinarrington