This is a post from 2010 that I thought was worth moving here, to my new blog…
God is more concerned with our obedience than with our sacrifices. Often we feel justified by the “things” we are doing for God. But God very clearly says in His Word, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold,to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
I had an opportunity last week to obey, failed the test, but God was faithful to bring the exact opportunity around again to see if I would be true to my word and obey Him the second tome around!
I was running around the park, very early in the morning, there is rarely anyone out there at 5:30 in the morning. I passed a woman who was walking around the park the opposite way I was going.I clearly felt God tell me that I should stop and pray for her, that she had been struggling with her health in some way. I kept running and by the time I was part way around again, I told God yes I would pray for her. (This was after trying to come up with all the reasons why I shouldn’t!) So I watched for her but she did not come back around. I kept going , further than I had planned hoping to see her, but she had evidently gone home. I had seen this woman many times before over the last several years, so I told God, “when I am out here next week and I see her I will stop and pray for her.”
So yesterday morning,5:15,I am out running in the dark and here she comes. I ran on past her and then I began to come up with all the reasons why I did not need to pray for her.
“That was last week, her needs are probably not the same now.”
“She will be scared and think I am crazy.”
“She doesn’t really look sick”…
Then I remembered that I have been hearing God tell me, “single acts of obedience”. Don’t worry if it will have a grand impact on the other person, but I certainly will be changed as I learn to hear him and obey Him, no matter what.
As I came around the park again, here came this woman, walking toward me. I stopped, walked up to her and said, “Sorry to bother you but I saw you last week and felt that God wanted me to pray for you, would that be okay? She asked, “are you a Jehovah Witness?” “No, I am a Christian who just loves Jesus.” “Me ,too”, she replied. She asked if there was anything specific I wanted to pray for her, “no”, I just felt I should pray for you.” She said okay, and I held her hand and prayed for God to meet her, to bring His peace and healing upon her life and a few other things. She said her name was Kathy and she thanked me and we parted.
I continued to run and as I came around again, she came across the grass toward me. She said, “I work out on the highway and I have been hit three times. You may have heard something from God and you may have saved my life today.” I asked, “will you be out there today?” “Yes”, she replied. “I will Pray for you today, Kathy”, I told her.
Thank you, God for giving me that opportunity to be obedient and to be changed by it. Thank you for letting me be a blessing to Kathy yesterday. My pray is that I would learn to hear Him and obey, without hesitation. I do not want to continue to miss out on opportunities to obey, because of fear or anxiety or lack of faith!