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You Want Me To Do What?


Obey the speed limit

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer see’s a car puttering along at 22 MPH.

He thinks to himself, “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back, wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “You weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly twenty-two miles an hour!” the old woman says a bit proudly.

The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that “22” was the route number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time,” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 142.”

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God had promised that Abraham would be the father of a great nation (and Sarah the mother). He promised to Abram and Sarai a son from their own bodies. Remember? Sarai (Sarah) laughed at the thought (Genesis 14). The promised land was going to be given to Abraham’s ‘offspring.’ Now we have Genesis 22, where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son, the one he thought was to be the beginning to all these promises, as a burnt offering.

I wonder if Abraham bit his lip when asked to do this and also during the grueling 3 day trip or if he just trusted God that much. Either way, his faith was huge! I would be questioning God the whole way. I would be back talking, balling my eyes out and throwing things in rage. But notice Abraham’s words to his helpers in Genesis 22:5, “WE will worship there and then WE will come right back.” Then, in response to his son in verse 8, Abraham says that God is going to provide a lamb for the sacrifice. Wow! Is that blind faith or what? Abraham knew the promises, knew his God was trustworthy, and still obeyed something that seemed way out of left field. It didn’t line up with what he thought was God’s plan for his life…or for Isaac’s life for that matter.

Bible scholars and teachers have given many a reason why God asked Abraham to do this. I’m not going to cover all of them here. In fact, I’m not going to cover any of them. Here’s the basic point as I read this section of Scripture. God asked Abraham to do something that didn’t make sense. He asked Abraham to do something very hard. He asked Abraham to give up something very important to him. Abraham obeyed.

We don’t know what God has in store for us when He asks us to do something. However, when we are controlled by fear, and that’s what it is, God can’t bless us. When we operate from the point of fear we roadblock God. Yes! We can do that.

Satan’s biggest weapon is fear. We are afraid to step out, to risk, to take a chance, to give up, to lend, to become humble, to change, to ask, to speak, to move. God wants us to step out, to risk, to take the chance, to give away, to lend the hand, to become humble, to change, to ask, to speak, to move…to love and have faith. When we do this as leaders, followers will see what God wants. If we don’t, they may never see what God can really do in their life. It’s that simple. It’s our mission to obey. Oh, and yes, we will be blessed…that’s a promise.

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