Greater Faith Begins with Obedience (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 92)
Hebrews 11:17 (NLT)
It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,
Have you ever desired to have greater faith? I have found myself wishing that my faith existed at a higher level. While most of us would like for God to just give us this enormous amount of faith at one time, it doesn’t work that way. Faith increases the more we choose the path of obedience. And not just obedience in some things, but in everything.
Faith is not developed in the dark. Abraham was a man of great faith. We are amazed every time we hear or read the story of His willingness to obey God and sacrifice his only son. But this was not just a one-time expression of faith. Abraham had faith in God long before now. It started with his submission to the will of God to move from his country and family to an unknown land.
Abraham’s obedience to God in every small step of his journey — no matter how God’s command sounded or how strange he felt — resulted in him learning how to trust the Lord and be faithful to His voice. When it came to giving up Isaac, there was no question in Abraham’s mind that God had some good purpose for doing so. Submission and surrender to God stabilizes our confidence and belief in God that He will be faithful to accomplish His promises and answer our prayers.
The outcome of simple obedience is increased faith. When we obey God in the small and seemingly insignificant things, we open the door of our heart to be able to trust God for something bigger and greater. God considers every command to be of highest importance. When we act in obedience and surrender, He responds by rewarding us with increased faith and trust. Every act of obedience is our statement to God that we trust Him, we believe Him, and we are willing to do what He wants us to do. Greater faith begins with obedience.
“Faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan.”
— Joel Osteen