Patient Obedience

Ever wonder what God has planned for you? Have you tried to discern the Will of God, only to find out that what you thought  God wanted you to do, was really the opposite of what you were doing?

It seems so hard to try to interpret the Will of God when we can’t find direct instructions in Scripture for making certain choices in life. But imagine, what if . . . what if God specifically TOLD you what to do, AND . . .  God TOLD you that you would be unsuccessful at it? How would you react?

Let’s use this scenario: God tells you to go and tell a certain person about the Good News of Jesus, but God also tells you that the person won’t listen . . . .    Would you still have patient obedience to follow God’s command and tell the person even though you know they won’t listen?

2 You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. – Exodus 7:2-4

God told Moses and Aaron that they were to speak to the king of Egypt, but God also told them that the king wouldn’t listen. What happened . . . ?

6 Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them. – Exodus 7:6

Next time you are struggling to follow God because you think everything is going wrong, pray. Pray to determine God’s true will. Maybe you are following His commands, but maybe you are supposed to endure some trials while you do in order to strengthen your faith.

I wouldn’t expect that you trials will last forever: if they do, maybe you’re not really following God’s Will. Pray . . . , but remember that prayer involves a TWO-way communication. Don’t just go to God and tell Him your problems, be willing to LISTEN to Him.

“Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10.

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