Often, God’s instructions to us are given to see just how obedient we are to His commands. Consider Peter, professional fisherman, being instructed by the new Rabbi, Jesus, to cast his net at the most un-opportune part of the day. An unproductive night’s work no doubt left Peter tired. Yet he willingly brought Jesus on board and then pushed his boat out from shore so the Teacher’s words would carry to the crowd. When the Lord finished speaking, He told the experienced fisherman to head out to deeper water. Peter knew the timing for a good catch was wrong, but he obeyed and was blessed with not one, but two boatloads of fish. Paul was commissioned to go to the Gentiles in light of severe persecution from devout Jews remaining adherent to Mosaic Law. I think it’s sad that after the ‘enlightenment’ period we sometimes have seemingly over-educated ourselves out of obedience. But NOTHING is more important than being obedient to the One who desires what’s best for us! Don’t miss this obvious truth: often God’s blessings result from our compliance with seemingly insignificant requests. Though we may prefer He ask us to perform great tasks that will impact large crowds, obedience in small matters is our proving ground. If we refuse His prompting to perform some minor action, what reason have we given Him to trust us with a more important responsibility?
Have a blessed day and remember who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.