Compromise is often a good thing. But when it comes to us trying to negotiate with God … well, let’s just say that’s not a great idea. When Moses had his dealings with Pharaoh, there came a point where Pharaoh grew tired of the whole thing. So Pharaoh said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land” (Exod 8:25). It sounded reasonable. Only, it’s not what God had said. Instead, they were to journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord.
I can’t help but wonder how often we also want to compromise with God. He says, “Sell that worthless item and give the money to the poor.” But then we reason that we need part of that money too. Or He says, “Say you’re sorry and mend that relationship.” But then we offer a pitiful apology which begins with the word “but.” God is not into compromise and we must be willing to completely obey Him, not partially. “Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve been a partial follower. Give me a new opportunity to fully obey.”