Oswald Chambers has been lingering in his recent devotions in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, Chapter 5. The theme today is the price of disobedience, something of which I talked about yesterday. Here’s the verses for today:
Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you’re likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won’t get out without a stiff fine. (Matthew 5:25-26, The Message)
Oswald talks about following the leading of the Holy Spirit in a number of contexts. If you’re convicted of sin, make things right with God right away. Don’t procrastinate. If you’re prompted to reconcile with someone with whom you’ve had a strained relationship, do it now. And if you’re prompted by the Holy Spirit to do a good deed or good work, or just to follow Him and His leading, no matter how crazy, don’t delay; just follow.
At this time last year, I was keeping a journal (and, again, I was using My Utmost for His Highest as a devotional). Here’s what I wrote one year ago today:
Oswald tells of the excruciating cost of disobedience today. He speaks of not being able to “get out without a stiff fine” if you disobey. I don’t feel this verse applies to my present situation.
The only thing that came to mind after pondering it was the fact that I need to visit Michael Bell in the hospital today. I will be obedient, going right after work.
You know what? I didn’t visit Michael Bell that day, or in the days that followed. He passed away 4 months later. Talk about missed opportunities! Ouch.
When the Holy Spirit is at work, be obedient.