“I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” – Psalms 119:60
We know that scripture tells us that both God’s will and His timing is perfect (Psalm 28:30), yet all too often we still choose to procrastinate our obedience. We think that if we intend to obey are want to obey, that somehow equates to obeying, but it doesn’t. God does not speak for no reason, when He calls us it’s for a “right now” purpose. Therefore, delayed obedience is still disobedience because we’ve missed His purpose and timing.
“And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:59-62
Think of it like this. You are a parent and you are preparing for an important party to take place in your house. Many people are coming, your children are told to clean up the down stirs rooms while you clean up the up stirs rooms. You get the upstairs clean, as the appointed time for this event nears you come down and find that they have not done what you told them to do and the rooms are still a mess. You get upset, they have disobeyed you! They tell you that they were going to do it, but even though they may have intended to do it later it was still disobedience for them to not do it when you told them too because you had a reason for telling them when you did and now everything is out of the timing of your perfect plan, or worse it’s too late all together.
God is planning for a very important event that is fast approaching also, the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelations 19:9) and He is calling to us all with urgent instructions to prepare the way of the Lord. When He tells us to do something it may seem like we can put it off and do it later but we don’t realize how that is effecting others we are meant to impact right now and causing us to miss out on our part in His perfectly timed plan. If God is calling you or instructing you to do something, don’t delay! He has a purpose for it, now is the appointed time, and nothing on earth is more important then obedience to God and the purpose for which He created you.
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:13-17