Obey 03/14/2009

Posted by Dave Clayton on

Have you ever found yourself standing face to face with a decision you knew God was calling you to make? Maybe God was calling you to do something very specific — such as change your job, move to another city, or make what seemed to be a huge personal sacrifice. How did you respond in that situation? There is a really powerful story in Genesis 22. You know it was one of those stories that defined the rest of Abraham’s life.

As I read this verse out loud, I can’t imagine what I would go through internally if God was calling me to do what Abraham did. 

” Take your son, your only son–yes, Isaac, whom you love so much–and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” - Genesis 22:2

I can’t imagine what it would be like to know that God was calling you to do something so crazy. Don’t you know Abraham wanted to spend time rationalizing all of the reasons why God couldn’t be serious? You know he was tempted to figure out what kind of “metaphor” God was using when he talked about sacrificing his son. But instead of doing all of things I typically do when God calls me to something hard, Abraham did something really radical…he obeyed. 

If you read the next verse in that story, it paints a picture of Abraham’s relationship with God. He didn’t wait until a week or a month. He didn’t put together a six month strategic plan. He didn’t seek counsel from Godly men. He listened to the one true God and the story says, the next morning he set off towards Moriah in obedience. 

How many times have you found yourself challenged to step out in faith, but instead of responding like Abraham, you found yourself waiting to see what God would do next, searching for more proof, bartering with the creator of the universe? 

I have been there so often, and I confess that my hesitance to obey God shows how short sighted, and faithless I can be so many times. I confess that I often take instructions from my boss, my wife, or even close friends more seriously — treat them with more urgency, than things handed down from God. 

God is calling us to be obedient with our families, our lives, our church, our careers, and everything in between, whether or not his instructions make sense to us.

Are there any commands that God has been placing on your heart recently?

How will you respond today? 

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