Trifling with obedience

Faith & Inspiration

Today I decided there is good weakness and bad weakness. Here is an example of good and legitimate weakness:

"I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the LORD: O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!" (Psalm 116:4)

I have felt like this and spoken like this to the Lord numerous times, and I am not ashamed of it.

I will tell you what I am ashamed of.

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This morning I came across a diary by happenstance and read a few pages. On those pages I was repenting of a sin-a sin of attitude. Without going into embarrassing detail, let me say it boiled down to covetousness, and a refusal to put the Word of God above my own theories about what I need in my life to be happy. The diary entry waxed on and on about my new epiphany.

What was shameful is that as I read my own words today, I realized that I had still not put this attitude to death. I had scolded it a little. And sometimes it had fallen dormant for a season. Mostly I had just fondled it. Elijah would have frowned and rebuked me for "limping between two different opinions" (1 Kings 18:21).

And do you know what I discovered behind my failure to get serious with this sin? It's that I have given myself permission to be weak. That has been my standard. I have sung myself the song of "I'm just a weak sinner, white-knuckling it through this life. The Lord understands."

Having a soul laid low and desperate for Jesus is a good thing. Trifling with obedience under the excuse of weakness is not. There is power in the blood, and that is powerful motivation.

Listen to commentaries by Andrée Seu.

Andrée Seu
Andrée Seu

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.


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