Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
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So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
Genesis 22:3 (NASB)

When you love someone you will do anything they ask; such is the case in relationships amongst young couples and even in old couples where he flame of love still burns strong. I have no problem admitting I love my wife and would do anything for her, to help her or make her happy. But sometimes our loved ones or those we respect will ask us for something which is difficult, something we would prefer not to do. Sometimes that loved one asking something of us that is difficult is God our Father.

I remember one incident years ago being asked to share the gospel with a particular nurse in my hospital ward, who had been quite cold towards me. I was happy to share with anyone but her, but a nurse allocation was changed and I found myself face to face with the nurse I was avoiding. I recognised His correction and shared the “Good News” with her, and it was eagerly received. There was no decision made but the gospel seeds were sown that day, I pray they sprouted eventually.

In todays verse we see the unflinching obedience of Abraham after being asked to sacrifice his only son as a burnt offering to God. Abraham did not say “no!” or try to bargain with God, he just obeyed. He made all the necessary preparations without stalling to do as God asked, one can barely imagine the anguish that must have been in Abraham. This was not blind obedience, but faith in God to be Righeous. In Genesis 22:5,8 we see that Abraham believes that God will produce a sacrifice miraculously in place of Isaac his son. Abraham believed God his Father and Isaac believed Abraham his father. As we know God did indeed provide a ram stuck in a bush to be sacrificed in place of Isaac – now that is Divine Faithfulness.

Dear reader, is God guiding you into difficult territory, to do something you would rather not do? To rebel against His will is fruitless, Almighty God gets His way in the end as he did with me in my earlier story. I wasn’t given a Godly slap on the wrist, but was blessed to see the fruit of eventual obedience – the gospel gladly received. Trust and obey Him brethren!

29 thoughts on “When Obedience Is Hard

  1. It is only about doing the will of God. We must “Trust and obey Him”.

    I love this song. I came to know our Master and Savior Jesus in a Southern Baptist church. This was one of my favorite songs as a child. Hymn 447 in the Baptist Hymnal.

    Big Daddy Weave does a great job of it.

    Blessings.

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    1. I must admit I love finding such practical guidance in the Old Testament such as this story of Abraham; this year I was looking for something I hadn’t seen last year, and this post was it. It is always best to “Trust and Obey.” This is one of the hymns I got to know and love in the Salvation Army when I surrendered to the Lord in 1984. God bless you brother.

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  2. I’ve been there too, brother. When God calls your name it’s best to step up right away. The times I haven’t, I’ve always regretted it. It’s such a blessing to be sent on a special mission from heaven.

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  3. Such an encouragement and reminder for me today. Thank you for this. God convicted me of something today again after reading your post. He has been constantly reminding me of a sick friend who needs to hear the gospel. I pray, by His Spirit, I will be able to reach out.

    God bless you. 🙏🏻💞 Your post is God’s way of reminding me today and affirming what I He has been convicting me to do.

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    1. To God be the Glory! Deborah if this post achieves nothing else that is fine by me, this one thing blesses me. I will pray for your friends health and that they would be receptive to the gospel. I also pray that He will guide you to the opening He will provide, and that He gives you the words needed. May you be blessed in this sister! 🙏

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    1. Thank you brother Jim. On reflection I think my forthright approach with the gospel all those years ago could get me in trouble today; it is a more hostile world now. Church was a real blessing today, praise the Lord! May He bless and guide you today.

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    1. In this you are in a unique position Andy…you can resonate with Abraham on having to move so often!😂
      When he moved it was always with God’s blessing and call to a purpose; this I believe is your situation right now. With that in mind I will pray for His purposes (plural!) to be shown to you in His timing.

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