Christian Living
A Life of Obedience
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Nov 9, 2021

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Abraham's life was one of obedience. While he was not perfect, he certainly was a man who wanted to obey God. He went from worshiping many gods to worshiping only one—the Lord.

Genesis 12:1 records that God had commanded Abraham: "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you." Immediately, Abraham answered God's call. His love for the Lord was so great that he responded by packing up his family and setting out for a new home—one known only to God! Most of us would never consider a move like this. We usually want God to lay out every detail before we make a decision. 

Obedience is the doorway to blessing.


We pray that He will reveal His will to us, and then we ask Him to provide the evidence we need in order to step forward. We never read, however, that Abraham did this. In fact, his faith was so strong that, when God said go, he went.

There will be times when God will require us to do things that, from our perspective, do not make sense. We may struggle with our decision and long for God to repeatedly make His will known to us. However, if the Lord calls us, we must go. If He instructs us to take a certain route, make a certain decision, or work toward a certain goal, we had better get busy doing it. 

Obedience is the doorway to blessing. Abraham became the father of a great nation. God fulfilled every promise He made to His servant, and He will do the same for you. Before He does, He may require a step of faith on your part. Are you willing to step forward into His blessing?

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your great promises and for the blessed assurance of salvation through Christ's death and resurrection. May the Gospel bolster my faith daily so I walk in obedience to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you" (Psalm 84:11-12).

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