Obedience Redefined

Who says obedience is a straight path?  Usually, us when we care more about other's opinions than God's sovereignty.

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// "Then God said, 'Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.' " -Genesis 22:2 //

The other day I was struggling with a decision I had made.  It was nothing life-altering.  It was a simple enough decision that was for one day.  Truly, it wasn't a big deal.

And I felt led by God to do what I was doing that day.  So there was that.

But as I was driving to my destination, I had a quick thought of, "What if I shouldn't do this?  What if I should turn around and go back?"

Instantly, my thoughts went to 'what would others think who I told I was led to do this?'

That breaks my heart, but it's the truth.  I thought of the opinion of others before obedience to God.

And I'm sure I'm not alone.  At least not based on my highly anecdotal survey of just being a friend.

So many of us struggle with the opinions of others over obedience.

But can I share something beautiful?

As soon as I thought that, God reminded me of Abraham being called to sacrifice Isaac.

God can change His mind.

Actually, I'd say it's less of Him changing His mind, because He knows His will, and more of Him giving us one step at a time, subject to change as He tests and grows our faith.

Let's look at this scenario: God gave Abraham one directive, to take Isaac to a mountain in Moriah to offer as a sacrifice.  The son God had promised Abraham for decades and finally was here.  The son God said would make Abraham into a great nation with descendants as numerous as the stars and sand.

So many questions - how would this happen if Isaac was sacrificed?  Did this mean God lied in His promises before?  Was He emotionally driven, changing with the wind?

But Abraham, who was counted righteous for his faith, continued in it by being obedient.  Despite what anyone else would have thought, he focused on God and trusted Him fully.

So if other people look at you crazy if you say that God told you to do something that seems out of the norm, forget it.

And if He then tells you to do something else from the original order, like forget killing Isaac, go grab that ram in the bush!, that may not always be immaturity in you.  You may not have misheard God.  Perhaps the obedience was moving towards that target, and now that is done.

Sometimes we can mishear and assume what God says, but sometimes it isn't that you were trying to speak for God only for Him to correct you.

Don't worry about the opinions of others in any clear step God has called you to.  You follow God,  even if He changes the direction of what He tells you to do or how to do it.

Michael Tatonetti