Reference text: Exodus 24:3-8
Exodus 24:3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.
I recall a picture I saw ages ago about a man who was atop a tree on a river bank only to encounter a venomous snake on the tree, a lion standing beneath and a rather hungry crocodile waiting in the water. The question which followed was “what would you do?” It was interesting to listen to the opinions of others who offered a near perfect way of escape but the reality is: when faced with the exact circumstances, their own proposal may not even be considered by themselves.
In more simple terms, talk is cheap. When one is an observer during a board game say Chess or Checkers, you are likely to see a number of moves the actual players may not. However when you take the hot seat yourself, conditions are different. The people of Israel did something similar: At the very moment the words of Yahweh were proclaimed to them, with one angelic chorus they responded ‘EVERYTHING that Yahweh has said, we shall do”.
On many occasions, however, it is circumstances that determine our response: Peter vowed to live and die with Jesus only to find himself betraying him . for our part, we follow all we are meant to until our comfort is compromised, then we rebel. We pledge to do all we can only to go missing when things begin to fall apart. However, we should not be too disappointed when we fall back on our words or when we are unable to do as we ‘promised’ because there is always another chance for us.
My dear, the real interest God has in us lies not in the eloquence and convincing nature of our words as we are in no position to deceive him with those. Instead, His gaze is on our actions because those should corroborate our words. The ultimate goal for us, like Israel, is to also be able to do everything He tells us- absolute obedience and surrender; but for that to happen, we need to have a starting point.
Remember # In the words of St Francis of Assisi, we have to ‘Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly we will be doing the impossible.