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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
God Calls Us To Complete Obedience And Faithfulness
"God Calls Us To Complete Obedience And Faithfulness"
By Zach Wood
What an incredible story of complete obedience to God!I’m sure in Abraham’s heart, he was just crushed over the request God made for him to bring Isaac to the altar and sacrifice him.Being given instructions to take your child’s life would seem horrific!But, God was testing Abraham and he was faithful.He was faithful even though the instructions seemed crazy.
We all have these obstacles we come up to in life and we cry out to God, “How in the world can I get around this?What are you going to do?I am scared and these instructions you are giving me seem crazy.They don’t make any sense.Why can’t you be more clear?”It’s not always an obstacle, but sometimes it’s a huge task in front of us that scares us.Or perhaps it’s an opportunity that lies before us that is so huge and we’ve never done anything like this before.We’re excited, nervous and scared all at the same time.
One of the hardest parts of trusting God in confusing situations is surrendering to Him.Laying our confusion and frustration before Him at the Cross and letting Him be in complete control.
We are to trust completely in the Lord and lean not on our own strength and understanding.Our own understanding will hinder us because it is so limited and God is so far beyond what our little minds can fathom.
When I come up against an obstacle that looks scary and impossible to conquer, I plead with God to do something to take it away.It often seems impossible to get around.That’s when God reminds me that there are some things that I cannot and will not be able to do with my strength, but must just believe and have the faith that He will provide.
No matter what the obstacle, God always calls us to trust Him and be obedient and faithful.