Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back (Luke 9:62).
This past week has been a time of irrevocable decisions. My heart tells me it has been the same for a lot of people. The whole world has crossed certain moral lines and there will be no turning back. I’m not too sure how it will appear to human eyes, but I am utterly convinced that’s how God wants me to view things. I have no choice but to assume it’s global in application.
Folks, I’m not trying to puff myself up in your eyes as some great prophet. Nobody has to believe me on any of this stuff; your own heart will tell you all you need to know about that. But I have all the confidence in the world that God is at work and is allowing us a few hints, just enough to stay faithful. The prophetic gift doesn’t work according to Western legends, but God always leaves us with what is called “plausible deniability.” The vast majority of His revelation requires an active awareness working from the heart. People who lack that awareness won’t see anything more than what their senses and logic tell them. It’s quite plausible in their minds to deny everything God does to show Himself, because God doesn’t aim His revelation at the intellect. Whatever “proof” God offers is personal and relational between you and Him.
Within that frame of reference, I can confidently assert that this huge stirring in my heart putting me on edge last Sunday is partly resolved in recognizing that God was saying to me that a great many individual lines of departure were crossed this week. It’s not so much that those decisions were so very important in themselves, but that God is locking things in and there’s no going back. I have to wonder how many people out there in the world blithely rambled on in their lives without knowing that the doors all closed behind them.
So, in effect God was warning me to consider carefully what I was deciding. The smallest thing could turn out to be huge, so I spent a lot of time praying and making sure my heart was clear on the consequences of my choices. In the future, there will be far fewer options open, and I firmly believe that applies far wider than just me.
Again, your heart knows if you’ll listen. I believe we have today, and maybe tomorrow for some people and for some issues. I can’t promise that Monday morning will bring anything noticeable for you, but I sense in the most powerful way that God says just put your hand to the plow and hang on tight.