Have you ever taken time to reflect on events and opportunities in your life, or have memories crossed your mind of moments God gave you to share the gospel with someone, and you rejected the idea? I have! Even as I write this blog, I remember recent opportunities that slipped through my fingers when I was being prompted by the Spirit to speak to someone, write a note or call someone He put on my heart. What is worse than the memory is the sense of disobedience that hits my conscience.
There are some examples that are even worse; persons who knowingly disobeyed God’s clear command. Many in Scripture and in our present day are persons who had very tender hearts and consciences toward the Lord and knew His voice, yet obeyed under very difficult circumstances.
We all probably remember Abraham and God’s clear command to “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2). There was no list of consequences or threat from God if Abraham failed to obey. In his relationship with God, Abraham had learned to trust God implicitly even though the request seemed beyond what was reasonable.
We know that the “angel of the Lord called to him from heaven” and stopped Abraham from killing his son, and provided an offering in place of Isaac, a type of Christ. But, let us not forget the “angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven” (22:11, 15). In this second call, Abraham received a very different message; “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And…in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:16–18). Read that phrase again; “all the nations of the earth be blessed.”
Who will God reach with the gospel if you and I obey without questioning His wisdom?
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