A thought by Larry Osborne, (2009-04-04) from his book, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe (p. 147). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book)
Larry says, “God sent me here valleys always call for hanging tough. Wiggling out or running away is never a good option. That's a lesson Jonah learned the hard way when he tried to avoid a dreaded assignment.” In this Larry says, “Never judge the appropriateness of obedience by the short-term or even lifelong results. Judge it by eternity.” Keep being obedient no matter what.
Then he says, “I messed up valleys call for a completely different response. They call for a serious change in direction. If a wrong turn got us there, it usually takes some major retracing of our steps to get us back where we need to be.” He says, “Thankfully, most I messed up valleys don't last a lifetime. But they are almost always impossible to get out of until we do two things: (1) take personal responsibility, and (2) make some serious changes.”
He goes on, “I've seen lots of people who were sorry for the mess they created, and wished it was different, but were still not willing to change the behaviors that got them into hot water in the first place. The irony is that, for many of them, the longer they stayed in their self-created valley, the angrier at God they became, not realizing that I messed up valleys never get better as long as we blame others (or God) and keep messing up.”
He says, “Fact is, there are always two ways out of every trial: the enemy's shortcut, which always involves compromise or disobedience, and the way of escape God promises to all who walk with him. The enemy's shortcuts usually work well in the short run. But they never work well in eternity. The Lord's way of escape (a pathway called faith and obedience) sometimes works well in the short run. But it always shines bright in the light of eternity.”
So what will be your response?