Don’t Make Me Come Down There!

Isaiah 1:19—If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.

The young mother pointed a finger at her child, who stood across the room. One tiny hand hovered over the flowering plant he’d been told—repeatedly—not to touch. His big blue peepers fixed themselves on his Mommy, whose own eyes were wide, one eyebrow arched high in obvious frustration. “Don’t make me come over there,” she warned.

I smiled behind my hand. Will that phrase never go “out”? My mother used it on me, and my kids are quite familiar with it, as well. I’m pretty sure it’s universally understood, and it is not generational. I doubt there’s a child anywhere, of any era, who doesn’t know trouble’s brewing when they hear those words.

Those six words say, “I’ve had all I’m going to take.” They make it clear that it’s time to “shape up.” They hold a tacit warning to “behave yourself,” and strongly advise that we “toe the line.”

And they always hold that final warning…“Or else!”

Any child with an ounce of smarts will shape up, behave himself and toe the line.

Sometimes I get this funny little picture in my head. God, attired in his royal robes,  perches on a huge golden throne, shaking a long finger Earthward—eyes huge and glowing, one eyebrow cocked so high it nearly disappears beneath his crown. “Don’t make me come down there!” He speaks softly, but in God-speak, even a whisper can sound like a roar. The implication is clear—”Or else!”

Wise children of God know how to heed those little spiritual nudges (God’s pointing finger and raised eyebrows). Those with a bit of intuition recognize the warning for what it is and don’t hesitate to repent and whip themselves into shape before their heavenly Daddy has to do it for them!

Others aren’t quite so intuitive…we always have to touch the pretty plant—and for no better reason than that we were told not to. When will we headstrong Christians ever learn that it isn’t worth it?

Yes, God is a loving God. But He’s also a Father…one who wants His kids to be obedient. And according to Hebrews 12:6 (NIV), “The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”If we disobey and are chastened, it means He loves us. By obeying Him—or learning from the chastening when we don’t—we become strong and upright, like our Father.

Listen closely. Is that your Father’s voice? “Don’t make me come down there!”

Hurry…I think He wants you to shape up…behave yourself…toe the line.

And don’t touch that apple!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the times You discipline me, just because You love me. I know that when You chasten me, it’s because You’re steering me away from something doubtful, dangerous, or undesirable in my life. Teach me to respond to those gentle nudges, to hear Your softest whisper, and to obey without questioning. Walk with me today, hold my hand, and keep me in the right path. I ask it in Your name, Lord. Amen.

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Delia in FlowersDELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a “thing” for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia@delialatham.net. Find her also at the following online locations:
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DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a "thing" for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia@delialatham.net.
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9 Responses to Don’t Make Me Come Down There!

  1. Tanya says:

    This is definitely the time of year to listen! thanks for the reminder.

  2. Diana Prusik says:

    Thanks for this wonderful reminder to obey. More often than hearing God warn, “Don’t touch that,” I hear Him tell me, “Don’t SAY that.” Slowly, I’m learning to hold my sharp tongue, to soften my words, to speak in love even when I’m angry. Wow, that can be hard! But you’re right. When I disobey God and lash out, it isn’t worth it. I end up making an undesirable situation worse. Great message, Delia!

    • Delia Latham says:

      Boy, can I ever relate, Diana! My mouth gets me in more trouble with my Maker! Many times He does have to “come down” here and take me in hand. It isn’t fun…I don’t recommend pushing it that far. lol

  3. Renette Steele says:

    ;~} oh i can just hear the words!!! ;~} thanks for a great post and excellent reminder. we need to listen and not just with our ears but with our hearts.

  4. Delia Latham says:

    How did I miss all these replies? I’m so sorry, everyone – I truly do appreciate your visits!

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