Obedience Better Than Sacrifice - God Today
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020Brian Sanders

Obedience Better Than Sacrifice

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Shalom, I am Brian Sanders, Christian filmmaker, and I want to welcome you to God Today.  Imagine if the God of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, gave you a task.  He called you to do something that might seem larger than life. The most impossible thing that is beyond your scope or your skillset.  And God asked you to do it. He could have chosen anybody on Earth, but He asked you to do it.

 

That reminds me of the stories of Noah, Abraham, and Job, and what they had to face.  Noah was known as a just man, a man that walked with God. And when God wanted to restart creation, He chose Noah because He trusted Noah.  Noah, in his time, had to build this titanic of a boat, in his time known as an ark and was tasked to bring two of every animal, and his family to restart creation.  I mean, what a task! To build this and the instructions that followed it, but Noah was obedient. Noah knew that God was with him and God could trust him, and God would help him.

 

God made a covenant through mankind, thanks to Noah’s obedience.  Today, we can see that promise in the sky with a rainbow because of God’s faithful covenant with Noah and that he started creation with this just man.  Obedience is better than sacrifice.

 

Then there is Abraham.  Abraham, like any parent, would never want a task to sacrifice or kill their own son.  Abraham waited 100 years, a century, for the promise to be fulfilled for a son, Isaac. And God asked Him, and checked his heart and said, “If you love me, I want you to sacrifice your only son.  Noah was obedient and brought his son to Mount Moriah, he had the wood ready, the fire ready, and the dagger ready. And the son said, “Father, we have all these things, where is the sacrifice?” And in that time of trial as he looked at his son he said, “God will provide.”  That is some strong faith. He trusted in his God.

 

So, God rewarded Abraham and said, “Your descendants will be like the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.”  Because he was faithful and known as the father of many nations and he trusted in the Lord. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

 

Then there was Job.  I don’t know anybody on planet Earth who had everything taken away as Job did.  Satan tempted Job and took away everything he owned, including killing his own children.  On top of that, he felt the pressure from his wife who said, “Won’t you just curse God and die?”  And he had three friends not giving the most Godly advice. Talk about the pressure he was dealing with at that time.  He lost all of his children, all of his property, all of his belongings taken away from him. And yet, he was tempted to curse God and die and take ungodly advice.  But he trusted God. He loved God. Therefore, God blessed him and gave him more than he had in the beginning. It says in the Word that Job’s daughters were the most beautiful in all the land because he trusted God.

 

My point is that obedience is better than sacrifice.  Today, whatever you are going through, if you think the task God has given you is larger than life, more than you can even handle, just know your God is with you.  1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you is faithful and will also do it.” Know that your God is with you, He won’t leave you, He won’t forsake you. He will strengthen you and give you all you need to accomplish all He has called you to do.  Eternity is waiting for you to do it. The Gospel is needed for such a time as this, for you to do what God has called you to do. Today, I ask you to put your trust in the Lord. Know that nothing is too impossible for Him to do. His arm is not too short to reach, He can do this.  He is there, right alongside you. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I am Brian Sanders and this is God Today.