The Golden Rule of Understanding
1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
We need our intellect to understand matters of this world. We need intelligence to pay our bills, succeed at our jobs, and problem-solve everyday matters.
However, with Spiritual matters we do not need our intellect so much as we need an obedient heart. God speaks to every IQ in a way we can understand, through the discernment of the Holy Spirit. He whispers words of love and encouragement as well as providing directions and requests of action.
We do not need to pick apart the requests of God but rather submit. Maybe He is asking you to lay down your anger or desire for revenge. He could be asking you to forgive someone or step out into a new ministry. Is it a word of knowledge or an uncomfortable word of instruction that He asks of you to share? Could He simply be asking you to trust Him to see you through a painful trial or the illness of a loved one? Remember fear of man is a snare.
There are many examples of people NOT obeying the instructions of the Lord God. For example, Moses did not follow God’s instructions to TELL A ROCK TO YIELD WATER. Instead, Moses felt compelled to strike the rock two times when asking it to yield water. God graciously provided water foe the thirsty Israelites, but because of a lack of faith on Moses’s part even he was not allowed to enter into the promised land.
There are rewards for obedience. The story of Abraham tells us of the ultimate act of love and obedience. God tested Abraham’s love and obedience by requesting him to sacrifice his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham reckoned Isaac as dead THE MINUTE God gave him the command. Thankfully, God saw that Abraham’s intent was to follow through on the Lord’s request. He honored Abraham’s obedience and intent by relenting and providing a ram for the sacrifice, thus preserving Isaac’s life.
The blessing from Abraham’s obedience was a promise where God swears by Himself to multiply his descendants “as the stars of heaven and the sands of the seashore.” He further promises Abraham that his descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.
Do you really want to miss out on the blessings God has in store for you? Just as He tested Abraham’s love and obedience, He may be testing you. Will you trust in God’s love to provide a way out for you? He did it for Abraham and Isaac. Will you trust Him to mend where you fear you must tear apart? Will you follow through on promptings by the Holy Spirit, even if they don’t make sense to you? You know God is speaking when it is confirmed in the Word and the promptings increase in urgency rather than wane.
If you are hesitating to follow through on a project, action, or request from God consider whether He sees your procrastination as obedience or disobedience. Abraham did not hesitate for a minute and I predict what God asked of him is not nearly as costly as what He is requiring from you.
Luke 11:28 But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Numbers 20:7-12 … and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as He commanded him. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”
Joshua 5:6 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD; the LORD swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
“I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.” ~ George Macdonald
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