56. Listen to God's instructions

God gave Moses the instructions on everything concerning the building of the Tabernacle and Moses followed all the instructions down to the letter. He did everything exactly as God had commanded him. He also didn't try and do all the work himself, no he had learned an important management lesson, he delegated the work to the Israelites and to those God has blessed to be able to do the work. And it is wonderful to see that they obeyed him down to the letter.

'The Israelites had done everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.' Exodus 39:32

'So the people followed all of the Lord's instructions to Moses.' Exodus 39:42

'Moses proceeded to do everything as the Lord had commanded him.' Exodus 40:16

Notice that they didn't build the tabernacle 80% according to God's instructions, or even 99% right, no they built it 100% right as God commanded them to. They were careful to obey even the smallest detail.

And we can learn from them. When God gives us something to do, we need to obey Him. And we need to obey Him 100%, as partial obedience is seen as disobedience. King Saul learned that lesson the hard way. War broke out between Israel and the Philistines. Samuel had instructed King Saul to gather his troops at Gilgal and to wait for him there. Saul did just that, he was obedient and he patiently waited for Samuel to come. Samuel also told him that he will offer a burnt offering to the Lord when he came and only then can they go into battle. But now Samuel took a while to come. I think it was probably on purpose to test Saul's obedience. Saul waited for 7 days for Samuel to come and while he waited he saw that his troops were slipping away from him and it all got too much for him. He decided to offer the burnt offering himself and to go into battle without Samuel. And lo and behold, right after Saul offered the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. And look at Samuel's stern words:

"How foolish!" Samuel exclaimed. "You have disobeyed the command of the Lord your God. Had you obeyed, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your dynasty must end." 1 Samuel 13:13, 14

Wow, talk about harsh words! Now if we look at it, it would seem that the punishment doesn't fit the crime. He only disobeyed the Lord on one small point. After all, he did go to Gilgal and he did wait for 7 days. It would seem very harsh to take his whole kingdom from him due to this. I think most of us have done far worse things than this.

But it just shows how strongly God feels about obedience, more specifically 100% obedience. He wants to see whether we are truly on His side, or will we fall at the first test that comes our way? I have learned that lesson. God doesn't want a half hearted attempt, He wants your best attempt, and He wants you to give your everything for His sake. Don't lose out on your 'kingdom' here on earth and all that God plans for you, simply because you weren't prepared to go the last mile. Learn a lesson from Moses, God's friend, and obey God 100%.

Father, please forgive our half hearted attempts. Please forgive us if we don't obey You fully in everything that You tell us to do. We are so sorry that our selfish ambitions sometimes come in the way. Please help us to rather focus on You and all that You are, and then we will see that Your plans are good and that 100% obedience is the best way forward. In Jesus Name. Amen

2 comments for “56. Listen to God's instructions”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 28 June 2013 at 11:17:38 AM

    Sometimes I wish that I could get God's 'insturctions' on what He wants me to do in writing. Because then I would also know to the letter what He expects from me. I suppose I should listen more intently?

  2. Gravatar of IlzeIlze
    Posted Friday, 05 July 2013 at 7:01:40 AM

    Yes, I know it is difficult! I battle with it too sometimes. But luckily for us we have the Holy Spirit that Moses and Saul didnt have and through our daily walk we should listen to His still Voice inside of us gently nudging us in a direction. Plus if it is a big decision we need to make we can also ask God for guidance and confirmation on what we believe His Spirit told us. We can receive confirmation through His Word, other people, closed doors or complete peace in our hearts. Fortunately we can know that He will never leave us and will help us on His path for us.

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