“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”Genesis 12:1-3
Many times in my life I have come to a crossroads. I had two paths from which to choose – one that I knew was right and the other that I knew was wrong. God allows us to make choices with the free will He has given us, but experience has taught me that it is always better to obey Him. Staying when God has commanded you to leave is direct disobedience and always leads to disaster. Jonah is a classic example of this disobedience-turned-disaster, but yet we often follow his lead and head the opposite way of where God tells us to go.
I once dated someone in college who was not saved. We worked on a research paper for our English class and got along great. I was surprised she liked me because that was usually not the narrative of my life. I thought she found me humorous, but did not realize her laughs were more of a courtesy than anything else. We got along great, but she followed a false religion and I knew better. The longer I remained friends with her, the closer we became and soon we were dating. My mom was not fond of our relationship because she wasn’t a true believer, but like a lot of people, I felt I could change her. I did not realize that she was changing me.
She respected what I believed, but was not interested in knowing about the true God. I could not speak to her about spiritual things as she did not care about any of that, and at that time, I didn’t either, since I pursued her instead of my God. I remember the Holy Spirit convicting me that this relationship was not right, but I ignored this conviction. I went out of town during Christmas break, and I was soon replaced by someone else. I was not too happy about this, but I look back now and am grateful that God did not allow me to go further in my disobedience. I have learned that if we do not immediately obey, then we are in disobedience and it becomes that much harder to yield to God.
I think of Abraham and how God had chosen him, and told him to leave all that he knew to go a land he was not aware of. His homeland was one that was caught up in idolatry and it was no longer a place where God wanted him to be. Genesis 12:4b states, “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him;” Abraham did not waiver nor did he question God. He started traveling before he even knew where he was going. My family sometimes has a hard time leaving the driveway before deciding where to go for dinner, and here, Abram departed without the directions of his new location. He obeyed God and was promised the blessing of all blessings. I can think of no greater blessing than for God to bless those that bless you and curse those who curse you.
I remember one of my top ten favorite songs in junior church was “Father Abraham”. We sang our little hearts out, and when I think of that song and am reminded of how the promises of God never fail. Obedience always pays and we must trust God and do what He says, even though we do not know all the details. The longer we stay in a disobedient state, the more we get comfortable and remain in disobedience.
Will you choose to obey God today, or will you remain in a state of rebellion? Will you trust the God who saved you to lead you even though you may not know where you are going? May we obey God immediately and may we trust Him in all things.