The Danger Of Hesitation
Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.” — Acts 10:17-20
I love how Luke, the author, describes Peter here. "Inwardly perplexed" and "pondering." But then the Spirit interrupted him and said, "Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation."
You know, I have come to learn in my spiritual life that when "God speaks" or I feel a "nudge of the Spirit," it's better for me to respond without hesitation. Primarily because my spiritual hesitations result in self-rationalizations that support my preferred outcomes rather than supernatural results. Yes, we can take some time to discern if what we heard was an authentic nudge of the Spirit. But in the end, the only way we are ever going to know is by taking some form of holy action. And the longer we wait in inaction, the more we give way to self-justification, procrastination, indifference, and apathy. And when apathy takes hold, the hesitation between the nudge and action becomes not inaction, but disobedience.
So today, when prompted by the Spirit, spend less time being perplexed and pondering — take holy action. And in the holy act, discover the true meaning of daily keeping in step with the Spirit.
ASK THIS: Name your hesitation and then share this below. Why are you hesitating?
DO THIS: Act more quickly today.
PRAY THIS: God, help me to listen more carefully and act more promptly.
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