When God asks us to obey, He doesn’t make us responsible for the outcome…merely for our obedience.
Sometimes, what follows when we obey looks like a train wreck. That’s when we begin to second-guess what we thought we heard.
Then we set about to fix our *mistake.*
However, from God’s perspective, everything is heading toward His desired end.
We have a situation that looks very much like this at the moment.
God asked us to make room in our home for two other families.
That’s all we were asked to do.
Not fix them, not correct them, not have an opinion about their separate issues, take sides, or get involved.
All hell broke loose.
Oddly enough, not in our home.
Despite the various trials each of us is going through, there is a level of peace that can only be from the Lord. Each person has their own volatile test which affords enough stress to float an aircraft carrier. Thrown in with four other like people, the opportunities for conflict abound. Nevertheless, even after a couple of months we continue to enjoy the calming mantle of God’s Presence.
We fight for one another’s heart, instead of fighting one another.
Further, the Lord is providing extra funds to help cover expenses. We’ve had money drop out of nowhere unexpectedly several times.
At the same time, there have been repercussions in external relationships.
Apparently, association equals approval and support of a person’s behavior.
If that’s the case, then Jesus set a bad example for us to follow.
Judas was embezzling. Yet, Jesus not only welcomed him into the group of disciples, but also made him their treasurer…and washed his feet along with all the “good” disciples.
In addition, Jesus obeyed God by choosing Judas after an all-night conference – and to His own hurt.
Judas betrayed him.
Sometimes obedience seems counter-productive. It may look all wrong for a while.
We will wonder if we heard correctly.
Obedience may cost us in ways we never imagined.
(We will also grow in ways we never thought possible!)
Thankfully, our part is to respond to God’s invitation to join Him in His work.
He takes full responsibility for the outcome!
I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do in and through our home.
All will end well – because it was His idea;
and He is good all the time!