IS THERE SUCH A THING AS BLIND OBEDIENCE?
He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Genesis 22:2
When God calls me to a difficult act of obedience, because there appears to be great risk involved, I label it ‘blind obedience’. But, is it really?
There is nothing more difficult than what Abraham was told to do with Isaac. To obey was agonizing. Yet, I contend that his obedience wasn’t blind.
- Blindness is not having any idea where to put your feet. Abraham walked each step toward Moriah on the foundational stones of God’s character.
- Blindness is not being able to perceive what is ahead. When I obey God, I know what’s ahead; the blessing and spiritual prosperity that comes with following God’s instructions.
- Blindness involves the fear of falling and causing great personal injury. Abraham knew the God who held him fast and had already experienced His supernatural protection and provision.
- Blindness involves great risk. But ‘risky’ usually means foolish. God is not careless with His children. There is no risk when I walk in the purposes God has always had planned for me. Though pain will be part of it, the joy of eternal purposes being fulfilled far outweigh it. No risk involved.
Obedience is not blind. With my faith in tact, there are so many things I can count on and see with my spirit-eyes. In fact, there’s 20/20 vision. God’s history, recounted in the pages of scripture, show me the outcome of those who remember God and walk in His ways.
What has God told you to do. You’re fainting, perhaps. Frozen in place. You were told to leave a family business. Start a new ministry. Confront a family member. Stay in a marriage where you are not loved. Without faith in God’s character, courage will not come to you. Please know that you can embark on this journey to Moriah with a full backpack. Love, promises, a solid history of the One you follow, future blessing, and perfect companionship.
Silence the voice of the accuser who reminds me that the stakes are too high. The only voice I want to hear is Yours, Lord, urging me to follow You and live! Amen
Journal Question: Make a chart. On one side, list all your objections and fears. On the other, God’s promises and spiritual benefits. Which side of the list will characterize your life? What will you risk losing if you play it safe?