Tuesday, March 1, 2011

And God Said...

"And they told them what Jesus had said" (Mark 11:6).

"Because I said so." I cannot begin to even express to you how many time I have heard that phrase in my life, or how many times I promised that I would never use it. I can also not begin to tell you how many times that I have used it as well!

Serving in the United States Army, one of the first things I learned to do, was to obey without question. There is a time for questions, and then there is a time for trust. Trust is only trust when it is followed up by obedience. If I was told to do something, I did it. Why? What if I didn't understand? What if I didn't agree? Those questions, though valid, did not measure up to the fact that there was something that needed to get done, I was the one to do it, and I didn't need to understand. I just needed to do it. Because, after all, I was told.

The disciples were doing something here, that could have potentially caused great conflict. In preparations for His entry into the city, He had instructed His followers where there would be a young colt, what they were to do with it, and what they were to say to anyone who questioned them. Jesus had told them what to do and what to say. So, they did it. They told the people what Jesus had told them to say.

It's not always easy to speak to people the message that God has for them. It's a risk of relationships and rejections. But, we cannot worry about how people may or may not respond. We must be willing to share what God has instructed us to say. Our goal is not to please people, but to please God.

Be encouraged and challenged today to listen to His voice. Don't just listen, but commit to obey Him. If you trust Him, then you will obey Him. He will tell you what to do, where to go, and how to respond when questioned. You don't have to understand it all. But, you can trust Him. The big question is, "do you?"

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