Go-bedience – November 21, 2016

Today’s Scripture…”By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

Thoughts for Today…As I write this devotion for this week, we just returned from spending some time with our precious granddaughters. Our daughter- in-law is a wonderful wife, mother and keeper of her house, and I know none of you reading this devotion today have every had a child who could destroy her room and every other room in the house in 60 seconds flat, but I know a little girl who can do just that.

Her name is Adah Ring. She is our oldest granddaughter. She is beautiful, loving, sweet, and a total live wire. Let’s just say that somehow Adah has the unlimited capability to make a mess and she seems to have this uncanny ability to live in the mess without even noticing the mess.

So, often the stern command reverberates in the halls of their home: “Clean your room!” I think she really intends to clean her room. She knows that it’s fundamental to the privileges she wants, so she usually goes along with parents’ cleaning orders. But does that mean the disaster area got un-disastered? Usually, no. Adah never disagrees with what she is supposed to do; she just doesn’t get around to doing it sometimes.

Now, obedience isn’t obedience just because you agree with what you’re supposed to do. There’s no obedience until there’s action!

I wonder if there’s something your Heavenly Father has been telling you to do through His Word, through the inner tug of the Holy Spirit; something to which you’ve said, “I will, Father.” You know He’s right. You expect to obey, but you’re still sitting where you were. As surely as our granddaughter was still disobeying until she did what her parents said, you are still disobeying God. Politely, agreeably, but it’s still disobedience because there’s no such thing as passive obedience. If you’re not moving on it, you’re not obeying.

Which leads us to a powerful example of what obeying really means. It’s from the life of Abraham as highlighted in the Word of God from Hebrews 11:8. It says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

God had summoned Abraham to leave his family, his comfort – his comfort zone actually – to obey Him and to go to a future about which God supplied almost no details. Now Abraham could have said, “OK, Lord. I’ll go.” But it wasn’t agreement that launched him into God’s amazing adventure. It was going! And it was doing it without knowing what was coming, which is what God asked of so many of His children to do all through the Bible.

Which is what God may be asking you to do right now, to go without knowing how it’s all going to work. Maybe your Lord is asking you to start something, or to leave something or someone, or maybe to stop doing something, or to confront something, or to give something, or to tell someone about the Savior who died for them.

But you’re delaying your obedience. You’re waiting until there’s more facts, until more of the risks are eliminated, to analyze the situation a little more, to get more signs. But you’re not obeying! It’s not obedience until it’s go-bedience! And faith obedience steps out, not because you know where or how, but because you know Who. You know Who you are following. You’re following an all-powerful Lord who will never do you wrong!

It’s one thing to agree with what your Father wants you to do. It’s a whole different thing to start doing it. Until you do, you’re just not obeying your Father. The song is right. “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”

Pastor Terry

Family Worship Center

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