On Hold

by Joanna Pierce on February 06, 2019

When traveling away from home for an extended period of time, I always take advantage of the the handy-dandy hold mail service our US post office provides. There’s no fear of mail getting wet in my less-than water-proof mailbox, going missing, or having no room to fit after several days’ accumulation.

At the end of the hold duration, I have the wonderful option to have my mail delivered in bulk right to my very front door. What service and peace of mind! I wish I had this option in other areas of my life. How grand would it be to put a hold on laundry, receiving electronic communications/notifications, trials and tribulations—just about anything we choose?

In all seriousness, the process of putting my mail on hold is a simple one. It’s a choice I make and a quick click of a button. But, the “hold button” isn’t only used on just my mail, and I promise it’s not the only time you use it either.

“…To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7, KJV).

Pending our travel or day-to-day schedules, we have a tendency to set up temporary hold patterns in one area of our life we really shouldn’t: our relationship with God. We don’t need to log onto a Website and set up a hold schedule. We make a decision in our mind (heart) we’ve had enough of God for the day and put a mental hold on our relationship with Him. We put a spiritual hold on the messages coming to us from glory.

When I’m in a spiritual funk, I always see God convicting me about what I’m doing at every turn. When my flesh gets out of whack, it’s easy to want to push back on God and say, “that’s enough. I don’t need any more spiritual instruction today.” We can’t shut God off and then pull Him out of the postal bin when it’s convenient for us (or when we’re in a better mood).

My mother recently articulated her woes of held mail delivery. Multiple times, she’s had to call the post office and inquire as to the location of her held mail. It just doesn’t show up when it’s supposed to after being put on hold. When we make the conscious decision to put God on hold enough times, He might linger a little while before returning to us. After our fleshly episode, He might want to see if we truly want Him in our life (Psalms 25:4–5).

My mother’s been lucky to find her mail in a short amount of time after her search, but with God, we might not always be as fortunate. The more we choose to put God on hold—in duration and frequency—there will come a point in time when we won’t be able to find God in the random post office bin anymore (Genesis 6:3; Isaiah 55:6). I don’t want to run the risk of losing my “knee-mail” from God. Do you?

Lord, help us today to make a conscious decision not to put You on hold. We need to hear from You every hour of every day. Guide our footsteps and help us to be a vessel that brings You honor and glory. Help us desire to hear Your voice and seek after your correction. Don’t let us look to You only in a convenient season. Thank you for helping us keep our heart focused on You, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

It’s time to stop putting God on hold. Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) and let His praise forever be on our lips (Psalms 34:1)!