Growing up there was one game on the playground that intimidated me like no other; double dutch. For weeks, I would stand and just watch the ropes swinging… hesitating; as peers skipped around me and leaped right in. Those two long jump ropes swinging one after another filled me with fear. As I tried to time my steps and hop in, I delayed action out of uncertainty and caution. I didn’t want to make a mistake in front of my peers. Looking back, hesitation had a cost and still does.
There is an inherent danger when we hesitate in performing God’s commands. Let’s look at Noah in Genesis Chapter 6. God told him that destruction was coming, then gave him very specific instructions on building a boat. That’s it. There were no more details given, yet Noah did as he was commanded. He did not hesitate and was prepared for the next set of instructions that came (Genesis 7:1-5). When God instructs us to do something, we have to act. Our hesitation shows what we have faith in and where our true fears lie.
What would have happened if Noah hesitated and didn’t listen to the instructions? or even waited before building the boat? Noah could have been placed in a situation where he was ill-prepared and the boat was not ready for the coming floods. Let Noah remind us that true obedience and hesitation can not co-exist. If we fear anything else above the Lord and His instruction, then we could be setting ourselves on a path towards destruction. Right now, in this moment, refuse to allow hesitation to cost you God’s protection, provision, or peace anymore.