As she approached the intersection in her car, the light went from green to yellow. “Uh oh,” she thought, “should I stop or should I go?” She proceeded to waver on her decision, pressing the brake, then the gas, then the brake all the way through the yellow light. The policeman behind her, however, didn’t appreciate her indecisiveness and gave her a ticket for “indecision at a yellow light.”
Isn’t that how we are, though? When we have a decision to make, when God calls us to make a change in our lives, are we always ready and willing, or do we sometimes waver, stopping and going and basically remaining in a state of indecisiveness?
One of the great characters in the Old Testament was a man named Abraham (first known as Abram). In Genesis 12, God calls Abram and tells him to leave his country, his people, and his father’s family and go to the land God would eventually show him. The verses that follow don’t record Abram wavering or being indecisive. Verse 12:4 reads, “So Abram left as the Lord had told him…” When God called Abraham to some pretty big tasks thereafter that seemed impossible if not irrational…when God made Abraham some hefty promises that didn’t make sense either, Abraham didn’t waver, he was ready and willing.
How do we overcome our own indecision when God gives us a task? How do we move from wavering to willing? I believe it involves 3 key things: pace, perspective, and persuasion.
- PACE—Genesis 17:1 says, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.’” Simply put, God told Abraham to walk in obedience to Him…despite his circumstances, reality, or appearance of the situation. God wanted Abraham to move forward in complete obedience to Him.
- PERSPECTIVE—Romans 4:18 says, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…” The things that God asked Abraham to do seemed irrational, if not impossible. Romans 4:20 says, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise…” (NLT). You see, Abraham’s perspective was “I can’t, but God can!”
- PERSUASION—Romans 4:20-21 says, “Yet [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Abraham was fully convinced that God was able to do whatever He promised.
In last week’s radio show, How’s That Working For Ya, Angela Wallace said, “You also have to be willing to change. You gotta be willing to make the decision…If you’re not willing to make any different choices, not willing to make the decisions, not willing to change, then the timing is not right to even attempt it.”
So, what’s God calling you to do today? What changes do you need to make in your life? If you’re sitting in a state of wavering rather than willing, then check your pace—take a step forward and walk in obedience to what God is calling you to do. Take a look at your perspective—if negative thinking has consumed you, change your “I can’t” to “God can.” Check your degree of persuasion—are you fully convinced that God is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do?
We serve a great big God who desires growth, change, and progress in you. If you’re wavering, don’t hesitate to put your weak hand in His strong hand, and allow Him to transform that wavering into willingness.