Obedience is Better

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Back to Abraham and Isaac, now after waiting for years for the blessing of a child, God instructs Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice. ‘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. Every time I read this chapter I marvel at Abrahams’s faith and willingness to obey. I would have debated a little, or a lot. But Abraham had the courage to obey immediately without arguing or trying to reason with God. ‘Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.’ Genesis 22:3

As you continue reading Genesis 22, you realize that Isaac was not offered as a sacrificed, instead, God provided a lamb to be sacrificed. Because Abraham obeyed, God was pleased and blessed him. ‘I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,’ Obedience indeed is better than sacrifice. Abraham did not receive the blessings because he sacrificed his son, but because he obeyed. He actually woke up early the next morning ready to sacrifice his only son.

For you and I to obey God, we must learn to listen to what God is saying, we can only get the instructions clearly if we are paying attention. For us to obey, we must be willing to let go of everything we hold dear to. When God instructs us, it is for our good. He knows the steps that lead to victory, He knows the choices we need to make in order to be successful. When our creator tells us what to do and where to go, we should not argue, clay cannot argue with the potter; the potter knows.

We raise children telling them what to do, and reminding them to listen, because it is for their good. Good parents instruct their children in the right way. Today, God is still committed to speaking and instructing because He desires the best for us. I pray that we not only hear but also obey. Obedience is not always easy, it takes courage. May our hearts be quickened to obey, may we know that it is wise to obey God.


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