As a child I read a lot of comic books. One of my favorites was The Mighty Thor. You have probably guessed by now that the main character is the Norse god of thunder himself. While he wasn’t the smartest god he was somewhat clever. He gained much of his power from his hammer Mjölnir. Yes his hammer had a name. Men name lots of things. One of Mjölnir’s powers is that no matter how hard or far Thor threw it the hammer would return to his hand. I wish my car keys did that.
I said that Thor was clever. In one story he is trying to extract information from someone who would not cooperate. Instead of just whacking him over the head and killing him with a single blow Thor decides he will try something else. He throws his hammer as far as he could and then picks up his prisoner by the his shirt. He then asked his question again. The fear of the returning hammer returning to Thor’s hand and turning his head to mush makes him decide to tell Thor what he knows..Thor goes on to save the day. Blah, blah, blah.
The point of me telling this story is to state that the fear of quickly approaching doom tends to cause us to rethink our priorities. What’s important to you? Do you have some perceived doom approaching? If devastation were to strike today do you have your priorities in order. Are you awaiting the results of some tests or the verdict from a jury that causes you to want to obey God? Perhaps you weren’t ready ready before, but now the hammer has been thrown and time is running out before it returns. Now I don’t believe in Thor. I put my faith in the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. Still, He has his ways of getting our attention.
Maybe you know that things are not right between you and He. You’re afraid though that obedience will bring pain..let me end with this thought. Getting right with God will hurt less than the hammer.