3: Obedience to God’s Word
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went (Hebrews 11:8)“By faith Abraham…obeyed….”: The end result of faith is obedience. You can’t profess faith in God and disobey his word. Faith and obedience walk together. Faith must equal obedience: They are congruent; wherever you find faith, you must of necessity see obedience.
In our moments of uncertainty, we will be faced with the challenge of compromising, cutting corners and going our own way. But that will rather complicate matters. Acting against God’s word rather sets us up for failure. In our moments of uncertainty, we must equally hold the word of God in high esteem. What He has promised, He will do. Though it might delay, His words will never fail. It’s natural to look at our circumstances and start wondering.
Sometimes, the least on our mind, when life is hitting at us like torrents, is God’s word. Suddenly, God’s word becomes less appealing to a struggling soul. The word, which once awed and captivated us, suddenly, becomes dull to the soul. The mind begins wandering, and if you are one of those who describe themselves as smart and problem solvers, you suddenly start thinking through all options available.
In extreme cases, in our uncertainties, we cut corners rather than staying the course. But when dealing with God, the course we must stay! There are no shortcuts here friends. Shortcuts rather complicate issues. God is an expert in long hauls: Nobody He uses suddenly shows up. Every great life God uses, goes through the long haul. When God delivered the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, he took them through “a long route” instead of the shortest route available. (see Exodus 13:17). Be forewarned! It is not going to be an easy ride into your destiny. When you hear the inspiring messages, when the prophets declares over your life; gird up your loins, the battle has just began.
“Obedience is better than sacrifice” is a popular saying that has its roots in one man’s disobedience to God in his moment of uncertainty. “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22). You can check up the full story. Another young man, Joseph, in Genesis 39 stood up to the test and obeyed God instead of fulfilling his own desires. Consider these two lives and make a choice: “…be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22).