Have you ever watched a car chase in an action movie and thought to yourself “my reflexes just aren’t that quick”? I have. In fact, that’s my go-to thought when I see a car weaving in and out of traffic, avoiding danger as the adrenaline pumps through the driver’s veins. I don’t have the quickest reactions in the world. I’m a contemplator so I rarely have a quick retort ready to go and I’m not one to jump into something immediately because I have to take the time to ponder it first.
I am immensely thankful that God created people who are the opposite of me and can help me be quicker when I need to be.
“Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head. But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless with respect to your oath that you have made us swear.” And she said, “According to your words, so be it.” Joshua 2:18-21 (ESV)
I love what the last part of verse 21 says:
“Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.”
She didn’t wait for the army of the Israelites to come to jump into action – she did it immediately. Her mind was made up, her faith was strong and sure: God was going to come though and the spies would fulfill their promise to her.
How incredible is that?! I honestly don’t know if I would’ve done the same thing. I probably would’ve opted for leaving the cord near the appropriate window, ready to be tied when the Israelite army jumped into action. I don’t know if I would’ve acted before I saw a reason to act. Man, do I have a lot of growing to do in the faith department!
Over the past few years, I’ve been getting better at responding immediately to prayer requests. Many times when someone asks us to pray for them, what do we do? We say we will and then forget about it… or at least that’s been the case for me. So, instead of waiting or putting it off to do “later”, I pray for them right there, on the spot. I don’t always do this, but I’m working to condition my response so that I pray for someone immediately instead of putting it off for “Future Sarah” to do.
What’s your response time? Do you obey immediately? Does it differ based on the directive? Do you delay in giving? Do you put off praying? Do you wait for understanding before acting? No matter where you fall on the obedience time scale, I think we all can agree that we have ample room to grow. The good news is that we don’t have to do this alone. This isn’t a matter of willpower but a matter of faith.
Let’s ask God to increase our faith quotient and give us opportunities to obey quickly today!
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