(6) in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. (8) This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (9) Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; (10) then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (11) My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, (12) because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
My children recently told me a story of when they were home alone someone came to the door. The dogs began to bark and they saw a shadow approach the front door and soon the doorbell rang. “Quick, hit the deck!” and each of my children hid in separate areas waiting for the person to leave. They all laughed because a few minutes later the same man approached the door this time they opened the door to learn they needed to move a car for some construction work to be done in front of the house.
I recently had a similar situation regarding financial giving; the lord was ringing the doorbell to my heart—even knocking at the door. I was being led to help financially in a specific area of need but, I didn’t want to answer this knock at the door. A few weeks later, I was speaking to a fellow Christian and he even mentioned that he was going to receive a bonus from work, and he was giving the whole bonus to the church. The lord kept tugging at my heart and giving me signs of what he wanted from me, I kept avoiding the subject. I felt like I had my own Jonah (Jonah 1:9-15) moment when I refused to obey god but he kept following me asking me to submit.
Finally I submitted, to the holy spirits tug on my heart, and began to pray and seek the lord. I then made the financial commitment and submitted to his will, it led me to realize that god is continually knocking on my heart to submit and follow him, for one thing or another. Some times when he knocked, like my kids, I would run and hide. I was choosing at which times I would answer his calling.
My hope has always been to seek him daily for guidance and now my prayer is to have the courage to answer the door every time Jesus knocks. I’m sure I’m not alone in this struggle, however, there is hope in the lord and I pray that we all will be ready and willing when Jesus calls upon us.