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Obey God, Regardless

“Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it” (Deuteronomy 11:8).

We are partakers of the blessing of Abraham, so we walk in the blessing of the Lord. The two main aspects of Abraham’s life were obedience and faith. The children of Isreal once lived according to the flesh, but the time came when they had to live by faith. It is not our own effort that will make us succeed, but our faith and trust in God. There are promises that we are waiting for, that have not yet come to past. We have to obey God and continue to trust and see his promises come to pass. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1). In Hebrews 11, we see the prophets who believed God and their promises came to pass.

They were ordinary men like you and I and they received the word, obeyed the word and what God said came to pass. Many of these people died still believing what God said would happen. They did not see all of the promises, but believed God that it would happen. Some of them saw the promises in their time, however, some of them did not see the promises in their lifetime. Nevertheless, they continued to believe what God had said. There are things that we believe God for and even if it does not happen in our lifetime, it will come to pass. God can change situations from what they are to what they need to be. A human being or the government can change, but our God never changes.

In Genesis, God told Abraham to get out from his family and travel to another country. He did not ask God who to take, but took his nephew Lot who caused some trouble along the way. “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others” (Genesis 12:2). Abraham trusted God although the plan took a long time to happen. Some people get tired of waiting and then try another plan. Sometimes when we consider our age, we are worried that the promises may not happen. Abraham was 75 years old when God told him to leave his people. He and Sarah tried plan B which didn’t work and then he went back to God’s plan.

Eventually the promise came and Isaac was born. God later told Abraham to take Isaac and go three days walking, in order to sacrifice him and to test his faith. Our journey to what God says, often takes time but on the way God is preparing us for what we are waiting for. Abraham said to his servant, wait here for us, we are coming back. He didn’t say that he was coming back, despite knowing what God had asked him to do. He said we are coming back and also told his son that God would provide, when he asked where the sacrifice would come from. “Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands! If they did, they and their descendants would prosper forever” (Deuteronomy 5:29).

“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Based on his obedience, God qualified him as a high priest. The assignment which Jesus had to fulfil was not an easy one, but he obeyed God regardless of how hard it was. We can arise above any circumstances, knowing that the greater one is in us. In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul wrote to the brethren about the challenges that they were facing. Paul was encouraged by their prayers for him and said that this caused God to also answer their prayers as well. ““If they listen and obey God, they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives. All their years will be pleasant” (Job 36:11). We are also living for the next generation and whatever we do will also affect the generations to come.

Eagle House Ministries – Pastor Caroline Kingonzila

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