When God speaks into your life, whether it be a promise, a command, or a request, what action do you take? Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) states, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” This verse makes it very clear that we will face adversities and trials, but God will not let them overtake us. Why then are we still slow to obey the Lord?
When David fought Goliath, he was not relying on his own, personal strength. He recognized that for God to work through him, he first had to show up. Mary, when told of Jesus Christ being born unto her said, “’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled…’” She understood that once God made the promise, it was also necessary for her to obey and embrace the Lord’s plan.
Just as David and Mary were quick to accept and obey the Lord’s plan for their lives, we too must hear the Lord’s plan and obey Him. It is not in our own power that God’s plan will come to fruition. All we have is the responsibility of showing up and letting God do the rest.
In conclusion, our obedience is an integral part of God’s plan for our lives. If we are unwilling to embrace God’s plan in faith and obey Him – even if it may seem the odds are against us – He will be faithful to act and fulfill His promise. Just as Gabriel stated to Mary in Luke 1:37 (NIV), “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Dr. Derek Grier