Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Friday, 10 December 21:
Jonah 3:1 — Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time….
We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but our spiritual growth and fruitfulness depends on our obedience to God’s word and convictions of the Holy Spirit. Though I love all my children equally, there are some places I can only take my more mature children because I know they can be trusted with the experience. Likewise, God will not take you to knew spiritual heights until you are ready, having demonstrated your faithfulness what you have already received; He won’t reveal greater truth to you until you can rightly handle the truth you have already received – You must first be faithful with little before you can be given much. (Matthew 25:21)
Jonah had stalled in his calling and purpose at the point of his disobedience to God. What God said to Jonah the second time was the same as what God said to Jonah the first time because Jonah was stuck in disobedience (not to mention being stuck in a large fish for a time). In contrast, when God spoke to the prophet Jeremiah a second time, he gave Jeremiah a fuller revelation because Jeremiah accepted God’s word the first time. (Jeremiah 33:1-3)
If you feel stale, stalled, stagnant or stymied in your faith and spiritual growth, check your obedience. What did you do with the last word and conviction God gave you? Is the Lord still waiting for your obedience? Be faithful to the word God has given you already so you can be given more and experience all the God has intended for you through Him.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 10 December 21: Listen to God and obey Him the first time today. When the Holy Spirit convicts you today, respond faithfully without delay.