The Habit of Obedience
The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.
Genesis 22:3 NLT
There was no delay in Abraham’s obedience to God. God told him to travel to a specific place and sacrifice his son. Even though it did not make human sense, Abraham trusted God and obeyed.
Delayed obedience is disobedience!
We live in a culture that likes to promote making our own choices and doing our own thing. We seem to think we should always have the right to question authority and negotiate.
Abraham, the father of faith, did not attempt to negotiate with God. He didn’t even ask for an explanation. Instead, Abraham just got up early the next morning and did what God had said.
I’m not sure that I wouldn’t have waited a day or two to be sure it was God and not bad pizza. I’m not sure I have that much confidence in my ability to discern the voice of God clearly. I hope that one day I can achieve that much clarity.
I do believe the big decisions of life are actually the results of many little decisions. Abraham did not always get it right—there were a couple of times he lied about his relationship with Sarah out of fear for God’s ability to protect them. Perhaps those times of failure prompted Abraham to grow more in his response time of obedience.
Daily we are making decisions—little decisions that stack up into a lifetime of obedience or rebellion.
Holy Spirit, help me today to obey You even in the little things of my life. Those things that others won’t see, but You will. Help me to walk in obedience daily so that I have a habit of obedience.
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