What If You Obeyed? Immediately, Joyfully…

So many times in scripture we see where God told people to go and they simply went. No argument, they simply obeyed what they were told to do. They had this level of trust in God that they knew and understood that if he said to do it, it would be okay. Sometimes they did not know where they were going, or what they would find when they got there. Abram was told in Genesis 12 to leave his country, his people and his father’s household and go to the land that God would show him. What? Just pack up and head out, nothing on the GPS, just go!

He knew he could trust God to get him where he needed to be in the time he needed to be there. He did not let question stall his leaving, he simply obeyed. How often do we feel the gentle nudge or the big nudge of the Holy Spirit telling us to do something, and we are unwilling or hesitant to do it. We want all the details before we go. What if we don’t like this place, what if the people are not nice and so on.

What would have happened to Noah if he had bulked at building this massive Ark and putting into it the animals and his family? God said to do it, so he did, he trusted what God said. In Genesis 6:22 we read: “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” He did not argue, he did not whine that it would be too hard, he did not care if others thought him silly, he simply obeyed.

Think about this if Mary the mother of Jesus had said NO, what would have happened? Would God have chosen another? Mary did not ask for all the facts beforehand, she responded to what the angel had told her with this: Luke 1:38 “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” She could have been killed any number of things, but she trusted God, she said yes. Her yes, took her on quite a journey, the journey to the foot of the cross seeing her son suffering a horrible torturous death.
She did not know all the details she simply obeyed.

We can read so many accounts of the people who obeyed when God said to do this or that, go here or there. The greatest yes we see is that of Jesus. He was fully God and fully man. He went to the garden, he asked if the cup could pass, but when God the Father said you must die, he went willingly, to the cross for our sins. Luke 22:42 “Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Jesus always did the Father’s will, even if it meant pain, even to the point of death. Oh, where would we be had he refused to drink that bitter cup?

God never sends you where he hasn’t already prepared in advance for you to go. He never asks you to do anything he has not already equipped you to do. He will always prepare the way, even if it is a hard way. It does not mean it will be a place full of joy and happiness, all the comforts you can imagine. No worries, a bed of roses, however, he does promise to never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Not only will he not forsake us, but he will not leave us. No matter where we are, God is there with us. Even if you are at your lowest point in life, God is with you. He never ever leaves one of his children alone.

Great things happened because of these yes’s. The human race continued and has prospered because of the obedience of these mentioned and so many more. Our very Salvation and Eternity are all done because Jesus saying yes to death, yes to the Father’s will. His good news was spread throughout the world because men and woman have said yes to the calling to follow him. To leave places, famililies, and jobs.

Maybe right now you feel the Lord calling you to something, or asking you to give something up, or leave somewhere and you are hesitant. You want to know all the details now before you go or do. What if you simply trust God, step out in faith, remembering all he has done in the past, and head into the unknown? Remembering that you may not know the way, the where, the how; but God does!

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Walk by faith…trust his plan…remember you are not alone…he knows the way!