If you have been in business long, you have likely found yourself in a weak position from time to time. Maybe key personnel left for other opportunities or a new competitor came onto the scene. Whatever the case, you knew your organization was vulnerable. What if God asked you to do something right then that could potentially wreck your fragile situation? Would obedience be easy for you?
Years ago, I had a key, long-term member of our company’s executive leadership team come to me and resign. His reasons were valid and I supported his decision eve though I did not want him to leave.
There could have been worse times for this to happen, but it was certain to cause massive change within the organization. I was seriously concerned about the ripple effect it would have on others in the company. I knew I had to tread lightly through the transition to minimize collateral damage.
A Choice To Make
Unfortunately, within days of this news I had to face another, more significant issue which violated one of our core values. This issue, if addressed, had the potential to do tremendous damage to the entire organization – especially in its weakened position! If ignored, there was a good possibility that nothing more would come of it – at least not in the near term.
I prayed about the decision. I sought godly counsel. I wrestled with it from every angle. God’s answer became clear.
The problem was that certain circumstances muddied the picture. Whenever I looked at all that was involved in this picture, I got confused. It was easy to rationalize actually sweeping the whole thing under the rug without many people even knowing it ever happened. That was certainly the easiest thing to do.
I had a clear, but difficult choice between obedience and ignoring the problem altogether.
Based on the feedback I received from godly counsel, the answer was simple. I must address the issue and face it head on. I had sought godly advice and received it. I had prayed about it. The only step remaining was obedience.
Similar Circumstances For Joshua
While the circumstances are not exactly the same, take a look at Joshua 5. The Israelites have just entered the land God had promised them. Unfortunately, it was still enemy territory. They were just miles from Jericho and everyone in that town knew they were coming to attack.
It was at this point that God told Joshua to have ALL the men circumcised! If Joshua followed God’s direction, his army would be incapacitated and completely vulnerable to attack (see Genesis 34). This condition would last for several days. How could he even consider doing this?
Just like me, Joshua found himself in an extremely vulnerable position. God gave him clear instructions. He had the choice between obedience and rebellion.
Joshua chose obedience. God honored that choice.
In my situation, I chose obedience as well.
I truly hated the decision I had to make, but I hated the alternative of ignoring God even more.
God Is Faithful
Now that I am on the other side of the decision, I can promise you that God is faithful when we choose obedience. None of my fears ever materialized. In fact, I found out my team is even stronger than I imagined.
What I really found out (again) is that God honors our faith in Him when we choose obedience. I cannot guarantee I will always choose the right path, but I know I will remember this particular situation for years to come. I encourage you to do the same and see how faithful our God truly is.
I recently read the following quote in Wiersbe’s study on the book of Joshua, called Be Strong.
It has been well said that faith is not believing in spite of evidence but obeying in spite of consequence.
How do you see this quote applying to your situation?
What does it say to you?
Where do you need to choose obedience despite the consequences?
[Original post date was June 28, 2012]