Change Before You Have To

Day 7 of 10 • This day’s reading


God Gives Instructions, Not Suggestions

KEY IDEA. God gives us specific instructions, not a list of possibilities.

Do you want to know God’s plan for your life? Are you willing to say yes to it before you really know what it is? Hmmm, that’s a hard question, isn’t it? Somewhere we got the idea that God puts things on a menu board and gives us the privilege of selecting those things we prefer.

That’s not how it works. God doesn’t give us a list of possibilities from which to choose; He gives us specific instructions. After 400 years of silence, God spoke to Mary and told her about His plan for her to give birth to Jesus. God didn’t ask her if she wanted to bear a son or be a seamstress. He gave her instructions.

Mary’s response was the only response she knew—she was obedient. She followed God’s instructions and gave birth to His Son. God wants to do incredible things in your life. He is waiting for you to have an attitude of unconditional obedience. If you want to evaluate the options before making a decision, you’ll continue living the way you are living.

TAKE ACTION TODAY. In what areas of life do you need to cultivate an attitude of unconditional obedience?