Everyone loves the new. New opportunities. New horizons. New doors. But everyone knows we can’t just stay in the new. There will be times when it feels like we’re going in circles or we’ve missed the mark. It’s in those seasons where frustration reigns and things just seem neverending. There are moments when we wonder if we’re even on the right path. Those are the times we cry out for a breakthrough… But what do you do when God says, “Go back”? How do you respond when God gives you an answer to go back to the place of your last instruction?
It reminds me of the passage in Luke where Jesus admonishes people who fail to act on instruction. Jesus contrasts what happens when someone listens and moves versus someone who listens and does not act. The one who jumps into action is like a house with a solid foundation on the rock. Therefore, when the troubles came, it was secure. However, the one who failed to act was destroyed by hardships. The benefits were clear for those who hear and act, but those who disregarded instruction were in danger.
When God calls us to go back to the place of our last instruction, it may be an indication that we’re on a shaky foundation and we’re at risk of collapse. There is a cost to being submitted to Jesus’ instructions, but that is the sacrifice we offer for His protection. We have to remember that we will never get to new seasons if we fail to obey the instructions of our current seasons. If you feel like a season feels drawn out and neverending, go back to the last instructions God gave you. There may be disobedience delaying your breakthrough into a new season.