6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar. (NLT)
10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. (NLT)
What does the Word say about obedience when the call of God does not seem to make since?
God told Abraham, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love … and offer him there as a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:10). Abraham was obedient and God saved his son and fulfilled the promise of God.
God told Isaac the son of Abraham, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 26:6). His father, Abraham, had gone down to Egypt. Famine and death were in the land where Isaac was, but he was obedient and God blessed his family.
God told Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.” (Genesis 22:10). Jacob was in the middle of prosperity and lived securely. God said to go where the outcome was unknown and security was questionable, but Jacob was obedient and the nation of Israel was born.
Do you see what was common in all three? God called and though His call did not seem logical in the eyes of the flesh, they were obedient and in their obedience, they and their families were blessed. Jesus called Peter and Andrew and the Bible says, “Immediately they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:20). They were obedient. They were immediately obedient. The Word says, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22).
Obedience normally comes with a price for the Word says of Christ, “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Consider Abraham again, “By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)
1. God calls
2. We obey
3. He gives and we receive the inheritance of His pleasure