Walking across a field one day, I happened to see a huge rock on a fence post. A little further on I noticed a few more. I naturally wondered why they were there. The best reason I could come up with is that the farmer saw the rock and didn’t want to damage his equipment so he just placed the rocks on the fence post perhaps intending to retrieve them in the future. I stand ready to be corrected if anyone knows the real reason. However the rock on the fence post does remind me of some people in our world today. They have a fear of commitment. They can’t make up their mind about things, so they go through life sitting on the fence. This fear of commitment is seen in marriage and results in many divorces. It is seen in the workplace and the university with such a high degree of turnovers. We also see it in churches where people may attend sporadically yet do not commit to join the church or get involved in its ministries. Many of God’s people are living as a rock on a fence post.
Elijah faced the children of Israel who had a similar fear of commitment. On Mount Carmel, his contest with the prophets of Baal resulted in fire coming down from heaven and proving the reality of the true God of Heaven. He issued this challenge In 1 Kings 18:21: “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word”. When the fire fell the Israelites finally got off the fence and followed the true God.
Perhaps you are sitting on the fence of making a lifetime commitment to Jesus Christ. Maybe you have not made that decision to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. Maybe you haven’t decided to worship Him fervently, live for him selflessly, or serve Him exclusively. Don’t you think it is high time to make up your mind? Don’t live the rest of your life like a rock on a fence post?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation