Have you ever been asked to do something for someone that made absolutely no sense at all? If it was someone you didn’t know, the answer would most likely be, “no way!”. But what if it was someone you trusted? Would you still be skeptical? Maybe try to find a way out of it?
But what if it was God? God has asked people in the bible to do some pretty outrageous things. At the time, they made no sense at all.
Take Noah for example. He was told to build an ark in the midst of drought (see Genesis 6:13-16). People mocked him, right up until they were consumed by flood waters. But God spared Noah because he was OBEDIENT. (See Genesis 7:1)
Now let’s look at Abraham. God promised him a son (see Genesis 4:5) that would fulfill God’s original promise to Abraham (see Genesis 18:10) that he would be the father of many nations, though this son we know as Isaac.
Then, God told Abraham to take Isaac up to the mountain and sacrifice him!!! (See Genesis 22:1-2) I’ve always wondered what went through Abraham’s head. Like, “God, did I hear you correctly? Did I miss you somehow?!” Or was it like, “God, you promised me through this boy that I would be the father of many nations….” Maybe even “Am I being punk’d right now? Where’s Ashton??” Ok probably not the last one. But regardless of what he was thinking, he obeyed the Lord. And you know what? God spared Isaac and fulfilled His promise to Abraham because of his obedience.
That brings me to disobedience with Adam and Eve. They disobeyed God (see Genesis 2:17 and 3:6) so badly, that the only way it could be fixed was through our sacrificial savior, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah to the lamb!!!
The Israelites wandered for 40 years for their disobedience!!! (See Numbers 14:34, 41-42)
Do I even need to mention Jonah?!
So now to my point.
It might seem crazy. It might not make any sense. It might be the most painful sacrifice you’ll ever have to make. But as we saw with Noah and Abraham, with radical obedience comes radical blessings. God was testing Abraham. He passed with flying colors. Where do you stand?
Now is the time to put your fingers in your ears, stop talking to your friends about it and get on your face before God because He will be the only one that will bring you comfort when you radically obey. Yes it’s going to hurt. But Paul tells us in James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know your faith develops perseverance.”
Now sit back and watch God’s glory radiate in your life, because of your radical obedience.