“After all this, Abraham got the news: “Your brother Nahor is a father! Milcah has given him children: Uz, his firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (he was the father of Aram), Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” (Bethuel was the father of Rebekah.) Milcah gave these eight sons to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. His concubine, Reumah, gave him four more children: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah”. (Genesis 22:20-24 MSG)
Who knew that Abraham’s brother, Nahor, also had no children at some point in his adult (quite mature) life? I certainly didn’t. But apparently he didn’t have children for quite a while too.
Nahor was also in the waiting game but we see that shortly after Abraham passed the test, as a sign of obedience and absolute faith in God, God decided to honor him and extend the honor to his family. The bible says shortly after these things (the test to sacrifice Isaac to the Lord) that Abraham received word that his brother was now a father! I dare say it was as though the blessing on Abraham overflowed even into his brother’s area of need.
Sometimes our acts of obedience to God not only bless us but also blesses the lives of those around or close to us. When God asks us to do things, He isn’t asking us to do them because He wants to show “who’s the boss” or make life “difficult” for us. No!
When God asks us to do something, sometimes it His way of preparing a channel through which He can bless us. Interestingly obedience remains a battlefield for most believers; if only we would always pause to remind ourselves that God only and always has the best intentions towards us. As Mary said to the servants at the wedding in Cana,
“whatever He (referring to Jesus) tells you to do, do it”. (John 2:5)
Whatever He tells you to do may not make (human) sense but like Abraham – just trust and obey.
“Pour water in wine vessels...” (which became wine that was served at the wedding in Cana). John 2:7
“Sacrifice your only son…” (a test that further established God’s covenant relationship with Abraham). Genesis 22:2
“Go take a bath in the river Nile…” (which resulted in Naaman’s complete healing from leprosy) 2nd kings 5:10
and many more examples of the blessings of obedience are cited in the bible for us to learn from. It is clear that God, in His great wisdom, pleasantly surprises all who obediently walk with Him.
Whatever the circumstance, whatever the task, whatever He asks you to do, please do it. It may seem difficult but, by the help of His Spirit, we can do all things.
Let’s trust and obey God; let’s stop fighting Him or like Jonah, let’s stop running away from Him.
The enemy will always play mind games with us – “What will people say?” “This doesn’t make sense!” “People will think I’m overdoing it…” – It’s only a way to keep us stuck. It’s time for us to break free.
Like Abraham, let’s step out in faith and do things God’s way. For that singular act of obedience may be the life altering encounter you and your loved need to live a fulfilled life.
May God empower us by His Spirit to daily learn how to trust and obey.
Reference: 1 Samuel 15:22
“But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams”.