Trust When Tested

John Tilton

"Then God said, Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." (Genesis 22:2)
I've read this scripture and related scriptures many times of how God tested Abraham to see if Abraham would be obedient to God and trust Him knowing that God had the best for Abraham in mind. For Abraham to hear God's specific command and probably taking it at "face value," it would have been very clear that Abraham would have to first kill then sacrifice his son. I can only imagine the bewilderment and confusing thoughts that went through Abraham's mind. Yet, he was obedient to God and was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac.
This time in reading the scripture, it affirmed what we recently were reminded of with regard to following the instructions of our leader knowing that if he is asking us to do something, that he has gone before God and has God's will in mind and that it is for the benefit of our ministry and ourselves who are a part of the ministry. In the world, we follow orders because we are paid to do so and know that we better do it or it may mean losing our jobs. However, sometimes in ministry because ministry is about people, volunteerism to serve and heart first, there often is a tendency to question first and want to know the reason or assurance of the outcome.

We are currently in a new season with exciting vision ahead that means changes and the goal to be creative, innovative with excellence for God, which also means doing things different. In meeting with a leader of mine, we discussed how we would present the changes to the volunteers so that they would trust and "buy in," the same way we have been asked to do. Like Abraham, although we can't see the future but know the assignment, we do need to be have the spirit of obedience and trust to move forward with vision, and gaining our assurance from our prayers to God and knowing His promises.
Lord, thank you for the affirmation of how you call us to obedience and trust to you and to those who you appoint as our leaders. In this season of new vision and expectations, may I continue to have a yes heart in trusting my leader(s) and be able to pass on the spirit of a yes heart to those I lead and partner with to take your Gospel forth.

Devotions for January 08

Genesis 20,21,22
Luke 8

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