Testing The Waters

 

There are two types of people at the swimming pool. People who tip-toe in and get a feel for the water and those who just dive right in. Both methods get you in the pool but which one is the better way? Depends on the person; depends on the circumstances. 

Now spiritually would you call yourself a tip-toe type of Christian or a dive right in type? The Sunday school type of answer would be to say that we want to be dive right in types but a majority of time that’s not the case. We want to feel out the water and see how it goes a little at a time.  This doesn’t make the approach wrong, in fact there is nothing wrong with approach but it all comes down to heart and attitude.  Let us look at Daniel and Darius to see two examples of diving right into something. In one case it is the right thing to do, in the other it was a mistake.

Daniel 6

Darius decided to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, stationed throughout the realm, 2 and over them three administrators, including Daniel. These satraps would be accountable to them so that the king would not be defrauded. 3 Daniel[b] distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm. 4 The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God.”6 So the administrators and satraps went together to the king and said to him, “May King Darius live forever. 7 All the administrators of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, advisers, and governors have agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an edict that for 30 days, anyone who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Therefore, Your Majesty, establish the edict and sign the document so that, as a law of the Medes and Persians, it is irrevocable and cannot be changed.” 9 So King Darius signed the document.10 When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in its upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before

 

Darius definitely just jumped right into this one. He signed a decree without even thinking of its consequences to someone he considered his right hand guy. Daniel on the other hand, had a faithful heart and had an attitude that found favor with God. In one case the all-in method was good and the other case it was bad. 

Now for us this doesn’t mean that we should just be tip-toe or jump all Christian. Sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves and fall out of line with what God might have intended. Now we also can be stuck and afraid to move or we will never accomplish anything.  So how can you know what we should do when it comes to following God faithfully? Prayer! Strengthening that relationship with God will be the only way to truly know how to fall in line with God’s will. Whether you tip-toe or dive right in, just make sure you are following.   

By Thomas Turner

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

  September 2017  
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