Following God’s Instructions

So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. Genesis 22:1-2 HCSB

Any time we took a trip with our four children it involved much packing and preparation. Clothes had to be put in suitcases. Toys had to be selected to go in the van. Pillows were packed and we even packed a television and video tape player to entertain our children as we traveled down the road. Going on any trip took concentrated planning.

God had commanded Abraham to take a trip to a place where he would sacrifice his only son as a burnt offering. Abraham did not hesitate; he immediately began to make preparation for the trip. Certainly this was not what Abraham had planned or had a desire to do. He could have said “No” to God, but instead he faithfully went about the task of preparing to go on the trip (saddling his donkey and splitting wood for the burnt offering). At this time Abraham would have been well over 100 years old, yet he was still capable of doing this type of manual labor. He then faithfully set out on the trip that God had commanded.

Challenge: How many times do we “drag our feet” and delay doing something that God wants us to do? We need to follow Abraham’s example and when God tells us to do something, we need to quickly move and do whatever God has commanded. What is God calling you to do today, this week, that you have delayed doing?

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