The Reward of Relinquishment

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By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
September 4, 2012|8:44 am

Genesis 22:1-3

While it's often a struggle to put everything on the altar, one thing I've learned is, you don't have to understand how God will accomplish His plans. All He asks is that you surrender your will to His and trust that He will show you the way (Prov. 3:5-6). Abraham's willingness to give up what was most precious to him came from his unyielding faith in the Lord's trustworthiness.

However, if you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit. Don't miss that His way of rewarding is like a parent withholding a treat until the child does as he is told. Obeying the Lord naturally positions us to receive what He is already trying to give us and accomplish in our lives. So, when we fail to trust Him and refuse to do what He says, we are the ones choosing to close ourselves off from those good things.

What has God told you to do? Have you only partially cooperated? Or have you, like Abraham, relinquished your need to understand and then obeyed completely?

If the Lord says to give more than you think you are able to give, know that He will provide for you. Whether things are sailing smoothly or the bottom has dropped out, He is always trustworthy. You can count on Almighty God to keep His everlasting Word.

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