Our Obedience reveals how much we Trust God.

Some Tuesday thoughts…would we be willing to step out on faith and cleave to God? Regardless of how dark something may seem, God’s will for our lives is far greater than the circumstance of our days. We, as Christian’s, can cling to the fact that no matter the outcome it’s all going to be okay.

This morning I spent some time really studying Genesis 12,

“12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the LordAnd Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.” 

Have you ever read scripture before, and it’s the third or fourth time you’ve looked at it, but this time it really hits home what it is about? You can’t help but look at it and think, how did I not grasp hold of that fact when I heard this the first time?! That’s the exact point that I came to today, but it’s all part of God’s perfect timing. He reveals the true meaning of scripture to us when he knows we are ready for it, and can take heed to it and grow as Christians. Like Abram, we may have to leave our Ur, {Usual Routine} to step into the greatness that God has planned for us. I had to stop and ask myself, would I step out on faith and obey God like Abram did? Or, would I let fear consume me and stop me from following God’s will for my life?

10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: 12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. 14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. 17 And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? 19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

This part amazed me, in my Bible, it’s titled as Abram’s Deception. When Abram found that there was a famine in his land, he fled. Rather than trusting in God for life and prosperity, Abram went his own way. He fled into Egypt and stepped out of God’s perfect plan. Sarai was barren but God promised Abram that He would bless them. When Abram developed the scheme to lie about his and Sarai’s relationship, God had no other choice but to step in. God intervened to protect that perfect plan of His when Abram followed his own path. I think this is a beautiful depiction of something that so many of us struggle with. Even when we step out of God’s plan, He will direct our paths back to where we need to be and will still bless us. After all, God had promised Abram when he sent him out that he would bless him and make his name great, if he only obeyed.

The moral of it all is that even when we don’t understand what may be going on, we have to cling to the promise that God’s plan is far better than our own. We are human after all, we make mistakes daily. Our God had the most perfect plan for each of us before we were even conceived. God had the plan for Abraham and Sarah long before they were put on this Earth, and look at what they did for Him, by stepping out on Faith and Obedience. Our obedience reveals how much we trust God. After spending several hours studying this chapter this morning, I’m going to really pray that no matter what God says, I obey Him instead of stepping out myself for worldly gain.  IMG_7462

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