Trust and Obey - There is no Other Way
by Judy Webb
“But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” (Genesis 17:21)
How often have I said, “God’s plan is best”? How often have I said these words and really meant them? I usually already have a better plan in mind, one that will take place sooner rather than later. Abraham has been patient, waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled, but now his biological clock is ticking, as is his wife’s. He believed at first, but then started to wonder if he heard it correctly, or if he understood God’s promise. How often do I second guess what I once felt was truly God’s desire for my life? You too?
These words from verse 21 now specifically informs Abraham that Ishmael is not the fulfillment of the covenant, but Isaac, his yet to be born son by Sarah is that realization. This changes everything for Him.
Verses 23-27 reveals how Abraham trusts and obeys God and His commands despite his fears. Can we too trust and obey despite our fears and doubts? When God’s Word speaks to our heart and we feel a connection and a command to follow Him without hesitation, do we?
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-believing that he would become the father of many nations... Abraham’s faith did not weaken… Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise… He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises." (Romans 4:18-21 NLT)
As believers, we are encouraged to trust and obey God every step of the way. These words, trust and obey, have been significant in my faith journey. They are working in the background of my mind whenever I am faced with a decision, a life change, or just when I might need that extra bit of encouragement to know that God is with me, that He is listening and that He cares.
Dear Jesus, I want to fully trust and obey you in everything. I know that your way and your timing are best, and always so much better than mine. Open my eyes to this truth and give me patience to practice waiting on You. Amen