Have you ever been at the checkout counter in a store and realized that you forgot to get something? If youhad someone with you, you’d ask them to remain in line so that you don’t lose your place.
Have you ever left home in a rush and realized you forgot something? It’s just too much to have to turn off the car, unload all of the children, unlock the door, retrieve the item you forgot and then start your process over again. So you pull up quickly, park the car and tell the children: “Stay here. I’ll be right back!”
What is so amazing is that we have this same mentality with the Lord.
“Hey Lord! Sit here while I do what I want. I’ll be right back.”
Then, we expect Him to be there, so we can pick up where we left off, without having any consequences for our behavior. We feel that there is no harm in what we are doing and that we should be able to do what we want, when we want, and how we want. Then when we are good and ready, we can come back to the Lord, get everything we desire, get back into position, and not lose our “spot.”
“Lord stay here, while I go hang with my friends who don’t even acknowledge you. I’ll be back.”
“Lord, just a minute. This guy caught my attention. I know he says he doesn’t believe in “all that” church stuff butI believe that I can show him the way. I can get Him saved. I’ll check him out and I’ll be right back.”
Here’s the kicker: We want The Spirit to be still, until we return; but He cannot. He moves.
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 KJV
The words spoken by the Lord and given to us, still has to be fulfilled. There are miracles yet to be performed. There is someone crying to know Jesus and not religion. There is someone who truly believes that Jesus is real but he or she just needs a real introduction. But… unfortunately, some of us have put Jesus on hold.
Remember that checkout line? You went for one thing, passed the aisle and realized you forgot the milk. By the time you returned to the counter, your hands were filled with stuff, and your spouse or child has had to let others get in front of your position to keep the line moving.
So what’s the point?
Stay in line. Why chance getting passed over? By the time you return, you have 7 other spirits more wicked than the first issue you were dealing with (Matthew 12:43-45). You’re trying to get back to that place where you once had joy and peace. The other stuff just didn’t matter. You had a feeling like none other that you had never felt before; but it seems so hard. The Lord seems so far away. What if you don’t return in enough time and someone has to get in front of you or take your place, to keep the Kingdom of God progressing?
Let’s not place the Spirit on hold in our lives. Someone’s spiritual birth (even if it’s your own) is depending on you. The Lord has mercy and grace. Just don’t allow the grace card to expire.
“So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading? And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders Me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”Acts 8:30, 34-37 NKJV