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.” Genesis 22:12
Never take your obedience as the reason God blesses you; obedience is the outcome of being rightly related to God.
A man in a plane flying above a town has a better perspective on the town than a man walking on the street. If you had to choose one of them to guide you, who would you choose? We are like the man on the street, only seeing and understanding our immediate surroundings. God, like the man in the plane, sees more and He sees the curves ahead: He sees the big picture! As the Creator of all, He has complete and infinite understanding of every intricate person and corner of the world. God knows each detail of our lives, even while we feel frustrated with what seems like no progress or like any changes are in the loom.
We are able to accomplish many things in our human strength and His permissible will, but when we fear God, we walk in wisdom and obedience. God will test us to see if we truly fear Him, and if our faith is placed in Him. To fear God:
- is to have high esteem and respect for God
- to be conscious of God’s judgment
Holy Spirit is necessary in the life of the believer. He is the power of God who causes us to trust God, to repent from our evil ways, to love others, to believe and so much more. The power of God convicts us, which enables us to obey God’s word: like Abraham. God desires a daily relationship with us, and Holy Spirit helps us maintain and deepen our relationship with Him. We need the power of God in our lives, not only to heal, and cast out demons but to live obedient lives. After all, it is Holy Spirit who draws us into alignment with God’s will. The word of God is the Lord’s revealed will, similar to God directing Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. If we follow His will we are blessed, highly favored and taken care of: like Abraham. Abraham obeyed and God blessed His obedience, it was not God’s will for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac: it was a test.
Our own strength is limited. If we rely on our own point of view, we are certain to make wrong turns. Imagine if Abraham had relied on logic, his feelings or even his own personal wisdom: he was bound to fail God and forfeit His blessings. We have the choice of relying on our own instincts and wisdom or we relying on God for direction. Depending on ourselves diverts us from God’s plans, and corrupts us spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Simple things become harder to do because God will block and frustrate our plans. Disobedience takes us out of alignment with God. The aftermath of disobedience is ugly: guilt, condemnation, spiritual death and blindness, etc. But God, our Father, does not withhold His goodness from us. His grace and faithfulness pursues us, just like He pursued Israel. And even if we lose our way, the Holy Spirit helps us return to God and stay in God. God’s mercy will even bless us after disobedience, depending on the condition of our heart towards Him.
People are strengthened by the fruit of your obedience. They are blessed to hear of your testimony and process, but they are empowered when you share how God intervened. Let God shift your puzzle pieces around, be obedient and reap the blessings!
Father God, Most High God today I ask for deeper convictions, and a greater confidence in you. Fill us up God, help us to be obedient to your written word and to your spoken word. In Jesus name.