by Pastor Tim Burt
Have you ever been to LimboLand? It’s a place where no one has any hair. Everyone that lives there has pulled it out. If you drove through it’s town, you’d only see partly finished homes and building projects. You’d see that every street weren’t uniform or organized. You’d see people walking around that looked somewhat dazed or frustrated, and quite unhappy. You wouldn’t see many married people there, nor would you see many children. People in Limboland can’t decide whom the person is they’re supposed to marry and whether or not they should have children. You’d find many people there that call themselves Christian, but you would see few churches because they wouldn’t stay in one long enough for there to be the commitment and support to build one. The churches that are there are like the rest of the buildings in Limboland—only partially built because of abandoned commitments. They thought they’d find the perfect church and Pastor elsewhere.
LimboLand of course doesn’t really exist but the dictionary does have a definition for limbo saying “A region or condition of oblivion or neglect, a place of confinement. An intermediate place or state, a place of indecision.” That alone is contrary to the nature of God because God is not indecisive nor does He want us indecisive. He calls it unbelief or double-minded. Jesus chastised His disciples because of their unbelief. Mark 16:14 says, ”Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.”
LimboLand is a state or place of confinement. It’s a place where one is locked up or imprisoned within their confused mind because of unbelief, indecision, and double-mindedness. James 1:5-8 NKJV says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
One of the reasons people end up in Limboland is because they practice sin—something contrary to God’s Word. It strips them of any confidence of approaching God whether it is just to draw closer to Him to have an intimate relationship, or for help. If you practice what the Bible declares sin, you will remain in a spiritual LimboLand of conflict and indecision that will carry over and affect every other part of your life. This is one reason, there is so much physiological conflict in the life of a homosexual. They are at conflict within themselves. Though they get approval and validation from others, they will never get that internal validation from God that they desire. They can’t. God never condones sin. He loves them and will validate that He does, but He will never condone or validate sin as okay! Jesus died for them and He validates that. He will forgive anyone who is truly repentant and the word of God validates that. But God will not condone the ongoing practice of anyone’s sin.
Suppressing the guilt of something that God says is wrong, and living in denial does not deliver you from guilt and indecision; it creates it. Repentance and forgiveness from God for sin are available and can bring a person back to peace with God and out of this state of Limbo. 1 John 1:8-9 NIV says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….” The other primary reason for LimboLand is because people are unsure of what to do, and struggle in making a decision. That is what James is speaking to here. In Romans 1 God instructs us to renew our minds to His perfect will. There is no shortcut to learning that. It takes time but it’s time well spent. To not learn His will is to suffer from fears and worries that were unnecessary. As you meditate upon God’s Word prayerfully, requesting that He give you understanding concerning it, He does! As God shows you things through the scriptures and you put faith in what you believe God is showing you, He upholds you and helps you. He promises to give wisdom liberally if you will receive it by faith. Knowing God’s will helps you make decisions and become more decisive. Trusting that God will give you wisdom and then taking steps of faith according to His will, will help you become even ,more decisive. God’s leaders always had to listen to God, make decisions, and take steps of faith, trusting in Him.
God knows our human fragility. He is there to help us. Don’t make the mistake of judging the outcome of decisions prematurely or simply by circumstances. Sometimes it takes years of hindsight to see the good outcome of your decision. Judge them by whether you believe and trust that it’s what God wanted you to do. Have faith, trust, and rest in that! And here is one more important caveat that can bring you peace. God knows your not perfect in decision making, but can minister to an imperfect decision and have it turn out fine. This is what God is saying to us in Romans 8:28. (NKJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” When you know this, you won’t end up double-minded or locked in mind-battles of indecision. Instead you will learn you have a loving Heavenly Father that does what He promises. He will show you His will through His word and give you the wisdom to make one solid decision after another. That’s a slice of Heaven, not Limboland.
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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