Even if what God is directing us to do is unfamiliar or makes little sense from our perspective, He still requires obedience. God is good and faithful so we can trust that whatever He leads us to do has great purpose and will work together for our good in the end. In Genesis 6, God instructed Noah to build an ark because He was going to destroy the earth because of the ongoing wickedness. Noah was unfamiliar with what an ark looked like, and he had never experienced what God was about to do. He had no previous frame of reference. God gave Noah unfamiliar instructions, but I love Noah’s response. Genesis 6:22 tells us, “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Wow! Even in what was unfamiliar, Noah fully obeyed God. Noah may not have understood all the instructions, but he knew God, and that was enough for Noah to move in obedience.
I think as humans we sometimes give ourselves too much credit and think we are smarter than we really are. God gives us instructions and we want to explain to Him why what He is telling us to do makes little sense, or we just respond to the parts that make sense to us and disregard the others. God is calling His children to obey Him fully, even in what we may not understand. There really is no such thing as partial obedience. What is God calling you to do? Have you fully obeyed or are you questioning God? Consider that Noah’s act of immediate and complete obedience to God’s instructions provided safety when the flood came.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.