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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Learning To Obey In Faith

In review of Hebrews 11:7a it says, “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.”

Bottom Line:
In faith you can hear God’s warnings about things you can not yet see. Obey and you’ll do well for yourself and your family.

What this means to me:
It is only by faith that I hear God’s warnings about things that have yet to come. It is my responsibility to obey and do what God tells me.

What I’m learning is that faith is obedience when I don’t understand it. In the New Testament, there are over 1,000 commands, and they’re all there for my benefit. God says things like, “Love your enemies” and “Forgive the people who hurt you.” There are a lot of commands in the Bible that seem difficult, unreasonable, unrealistic, un-achievable, and even impossible. But when God says things like, “You should save sex for marriage,” he’s not being mean. He says it because he knows best and what will make me happy more than I do.

It's likely that every time God tells me to do something, it would be a test of my faith. The question is: Will I trust God, or trust my own gut? Will I trust the Word, or will I trust the world? And more importantly, will I obey?

Faith is believing when I don’t see it, but it’s also obeying when I don’t necessarily understand it. In this life, If I do not learn to obey, I’ll miss many blessings that God has in store for me.

But, if I can learn to do what God tells me to do without question, even when it seems absurd and the exact opposite of my natural tendency, then I’ll grow in faith, and I’ll be blessed.

In summary it is In faith that I can hear God’s warnings about things I can not yet see. Obey and I’ll do well for myself and my family. Thank you God, for this reminder that faith is demonstrated best in my obedience to what you have told me. Also it is faith that allows me to really hear what you are saying. I need to remember that I should obey what you say, even when it doesn’t make sense to me or not what I want to do.