What does it mean to be obedient? This story, of Abraham taking his only son, Isaac, to sacrifice him, is a perfect example ...
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about ....
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the skyand as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” —Genesis 22:1-3, 12-18
i can't even begin to tell you how many times i've questioned, over-thought, pretended i didn't hear, dragged my feet on ... what God has asked me to do. i've been disobedient many, many times and i think it's mostly been out of fear. i didn't trust that God's plan was safe, good, or would bring blessing because a lot of the things He asks of me are not easy. i can come up with a million and one reasons as to why i shouldn't be obedient immediately.
But, oh how i want to be blessed like Abraham was for being obedient. Abraham didn't wait to do what God told him to do. He went the next morning and did just as the Lord said. Abraham didn't understand God's plan, but he also didn't question it or hesitate. He trusted God completely.
This story reminds us that obedience always brings blessing. If only we had the courage, faith, and trust to push aside our fears and do what the Lord asks of us as soon as He asks.
Lord, i ask your forgiveness for not being obedient when you have asked things of me. i'm sorry i let my insecurities and fears stand in the way of Your will. Sometimes the things you ask of me are so big, that i am overwhelmed and some so small that i dismiss them because i don't think i can make a difference. i really want to reap the blessings of being obedient, Lord. Please help me to find the quiet time i need to clearly hear from you so that i know Your will ... i truly want Your will, not mine. Thank you for your patience with me as i continue to navigate through this journey of faith and i come to trust you more and more every day. In Jesus name!