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Do It Now

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted March 26, 2014

RELIGION – Let me begin with a little bit of shocking news; I am not always the easiest guy to be married to!  Yes, I know every little girl wants to grow up and marry a Baptist preacher (studies show that second is the Prince of England.) And true, I may be handsome, funny, and can quote the Song of Solomon! But all that does not come without a price. That price is that I can’t fix a thing! Not even instant pudding!

I am not really handy when it comes to turning wrenches or handling a hammer. My tool kit came from Fisher Price. This means that when my wife asks me to do something around the house, she usually hears something like this: “Thanks for reminding me honey, I will do that later after I get done beseeching the Lord on the behalf of your eternal salvation.” Or she will hear “I got that honey, that is easy, I will do that later!” But later never comes. Or one of my favorites is “I would do that, but this is a parsonage, so I better call the buildings and grounds committee before I hang that picture!
But the reality is that I will tell my wife I am going to do something and then not come through. My sons got this from me. We tell them “go clean your rooms” and on the walk from the kitchen to the bedroom they get distracted and don’t do it. I am sure that we have all done this at some time in our life. Sometimes it is unintentional. We promise something but we get busy and we forget. Other times, for one reason or another, we promise to do something that we know that we really have no intention of doing.  Now when I do this to my wife, and I am in the dog house!  But what are the consequences when we tell God, “Yes I will do it”, and then we don’t come through?

Sadly how often do we have the best intentions when it comes to obeying God, but then fail to come through? Solomon shows the danger of failing to keep our commitments. Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 “When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.  (5)  It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.  (6)  Let not your mouth lead you[3] into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?”

Think about it, we hear a message on giving, and we say I am going to give more generously and spend less on myself!  But then we see a sale and that promise goes right out the window.  So we rob the kingdom and we grow in selfishness. But then we hear a message about the need to spend time with God daily and we make a promise to do so, but we don’t set the alarm. And sadly, we sit on Facebook more and play extra flappy birds. Or worse yet, we feel God leading us to pray for a friend and invite them to church, but it is just never the right time.  So sadly our friend is robbed of beginning a relationship with Jesus.

My grandmother used to tell me that the road to hell is paved with good intentions! I found a quote last week that says that “Tomorrow is the day on which idle men work and fools reform.” So listen today as to what God is calling you to do. Make plans and commit to doing it! Heed the admonition in Hebrews 3:15 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."  You see the reality is that each time you hear and know you should obey God but don’t, your heart hardens. The callous builds thicker and thicker and your ability to feel God’s guiding and hear God’s leading diminishes.

So pray and ask God to remove the callous’ from your heart. Think back to areas of obedience to God that you have failed to do, and by God’s grace obey and go forward.

Pastor Phillip

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