Text: Gen 12:4b – “So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him”.
Obedience to God simply means to submit oneself under the authority and command of God. It is to hear God speaking and to act upon it accordingly. Our focal text dwells on the call of Abraham to depart from his homeland and go to the unknown. Abraham heard God and obeyed. He departed immediately from the Ur of Chaldees for the land of Canaan as God had directed him. This obedience made him to become a friend of God and father of faith. There are five aspects noticed in Abraham’s obedience of faith:
- His obedience was prompt. He knew God has spoken and he acted immediately, no dragging of foot
- His obedience was practical, he launched out without questioning. His faith in God was shown in practical form.
III. His obedience was progressive, he started and by leaving his fatherland then to other obedient act as recorded in Genesis
- His obedience was peculiar; He left a civilized city of his days to unknown land. He did not reason it as many of us would do.
- His obedience was productive; God wonderfully multiplied him that he became great and wealthy. This shows that God always reward obedience. “
The reward or blessings of obedience includes:
- Becoming a friend of God. In John 13:15, Jesus says “You are my friends if you do whatever I command you”.
- Knowing the will of God, it is when we are obedient that we find that His will is good, acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2).
III. Receiving power over sin, when we are obedient to God we receive power to avoid sin. The more we obey, the more we overcome sin.
- Receiving answers to our prayers, obedience to God attracts us to God’s favour and move God’s hands to bless us and to work miracles in our lives.
Beloved, as we have in Deuteronomy 28, there are blessings for obedience and curses/punishments for disobedience. Let us choose to obey God; when we hear or read the word of God, let us act on it immediately and accordingly.
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D