In Genesis 22, we learn that God tested Abraham's faith and obedience by commanding Abraham to take the son God had promised him, Isaac, travel to a mountain God would show himand offer him up as a burned sacrifice. If you are familiar with this story, you know that this account is a beautiful picture of God providing the Lamb of God as the sacrifice for our sins.
Sometimes when you read a familar passage of scripture however, something "jumps" out at you. This morning, as I was reading this passage, verse three jumped out at me. It says:
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 to buld a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place where God had told Him to go.
Genesis 22:3 (NLT)
Did you notice those three words, the next morning ? Other versions of the Bible add the word early. When God commanded Abraham to do something, he didn't let the grass grow under his feet. He didn't set up a meeting with others to try to determine if God literally meant he should do this or whether it was figurative. He did not conduct an opinion survey, ask the advice of friends or consult with his wife Sarah. He did not tell God, "Let me think about it and get back to you" or tell God he would do it when it "felt" right.
There are things God specifically tells us we must do. Are we like Abraham, moving into action immediately or do we wait until the next day and then the next day until it stretches out into weeks, months and even years? Let us not put off being obedient to God. When He tells us to do something, whether it is how to live or a specific task He has for you, let's be like Abraham. Let's make our preparations and then do it.
Wonderful insight, for obedience is to act as soon as the word is given. There is no other way fro obedience to be called obeying. Debating with oneself or having a think about it opens up the door for doubts to slip in - 'was that really God speaking to me, could have been my imagination.' Do it and do it now is a proven strategy.
[quote]Do it and do it now is a proven strategy.[/quote]
Well said, wmj. I wholeheartedly agree.
Blessings, K! I like how you've emphasized "immediacy" regarding obedience. Great content.