I know this seems like an odd passage for a devotion, but I promise you, there is spiritual meat here to feast upon. I want to focus on the father in this story. Did you notice how every time the Levite tried to leave, the father used some means or persuasion to get him to stay? "Oh, stay another night. You can leave tomorrow." "You don't want to leave now. It's nearly dark. Wait one more day." And on and on the excuses went. Sound familiar?
Have you ever started to perform a certain task (particularly something for the Lord) and heard that persuasive whisper calling out to you? "You don't need to do that now. You can wait until tomorrow. One more day won't make a difference."
Procrastination is an ugly habit, but truth be told it's more than that--it's a sin. James 4:17 says, Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. We know it's good to do those things the Lord has set before us to do. We also know that we shouldn't put things off. But we do it anyway, and according to James, that's sin.
Never forget that one of Satan's deadliest darts is that of distraction. He loves to get us sidetracked. He revels in seeing us put things off time and time again until they either don't get done at all or they get done half-heartedly. And like the father in the story above, he doesn't stop with one excuse or plea. He continues on and on until we're so far from where God wants us to be that we don't even know how to begin to find our way back.
Be on guard. Stay tuned for that little voice in the back of your head that says, "Wait until tomorrow. Do it later. Just another day." These words are not from the Lord, and they can cause a great deal of trouble!