Radical Obedience

Today’s Coffee of Choice: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from The Green Beanery

Today’s Scripture: By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. – Hebrews 11:7

Lately my kids have been asking me to watch “that Noah movie” again. They’re referring to Evan Almighty. While I wouldn’t encourage you to form any theological beliefs based on a fictional interpretation of an event, the movie actually does a pretty good job for today’s generation of recreating the kind of radical obedience Noah embraced.

Think about it: You’re told to undertake an immense building project with nothing to prove the “why” will actually happen. You’re building based on blind faith and an assurance from God himself who could, in reality, do whatever He wanted. He doesn’t have to use you, right? Your desperation to serve a greater purpose issued by the One who changed your life catapults you forward, however, while everyone around you mocks and questions what you are doing.

Despite the challenges, you get to experience amazing miracles. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be floating around in a huge boat with a bunch of animals and desperate for at least some earplugs. Then, just when all hope seems gone, dry land is found. Life is released into the earth once again. (The whole, compelling story… minus the earplugs… is found in Genesis 6-8 in the Bible.)

This past weekend I was privileged to see some amazing women get down on their knees and commit to follow God no matter what the cost. In today’s world, the kind of radical committment all of us made at Billy Graham’s training center, The Cove, can be kind of scary. You can get labeled, ridiculed, judged by others who may even believe the same things you do, and face obstacles you never dreamed would happen. It’s all worth it, though. There is nothing like the abundant life found in Christ! There is rest, joy, peace, and unconditional love in His presence.

When we left The Cove, we all went back to different places and different roles. One thing was the same: We each committed to be God’s girl no matter how big the mountain in front of us or how difficult the task. Some of us, myself included, were challenged to give up something quite significant to move forward in our journey. While I’m not the kind to make a big decision on a whim, I’m confident that God was present in the midst of the direction I received. Sometimes, as in the case of Noah, we find rest and instruction on the top of the mountains that are a part of our journey.

Has God been gently nudging your heart to let go of something you’ve clung to for too long? Has he been calling you to step out in faith and do something others may ridicule you for? What would you give up for Him? Comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear from you, and I’d love to pray for you.

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6 thoughts on “Radical Obedience

  1. Suzanne, our family LOVES that movie. We have watched it over and over again. And that kind of obedience…radical, no questions asked…obedience amazes me. When I think of the way the world was in Noah’s time – that it had never rained- and he still said yes to God…WOW!!! Thanks for issuing us a great challenge today.

    Blessings,

    Wendy

    • I’m so glad you chimed in, Wendy! (And I’m so glad we’re not the only ones who have gotten a kick out of Evan Almighty!)

  2. Suzanne, I love your blog! I knew immediately it was yours! I love the comparison of Noah! Yes! How crazy did everyone think he was! Definitely helps me while I am going through a season of obeying God in something that many do not understand. God told us to leave our church home of 14 years. We just did it last month. It has been hard and many don’t understand. We are trusting God, and believing for His leading and direction. Thank you for your obedience in writing this today! It blessed me! Love, Sue (OBS Small Group Leader)

    • Hi Sue! Thanks so much for stopping by! I want you to know I understand the transition you’re experiencing. A few years ago, God moved our family away from the church my husband’s uncle pastors (where we had also been married) and into a place that did not feel as much like “home” but was better for our immediate family unit. It was crazy because in my quiet time with the Lord I had heard Him whisper to me about this transition. I didn’t bring it up to my husband at all, however. I knew it was a big deal, and I just wanted to wait it out some.

      One morning the hubby came to me and said: “Honey, I think we should leave Crossroads and go to EBC.” (This is where we still are now.) It floored me and was confirmation that I was indeed hearing from God to begin with! 😉

      I will be praying for you during this time! God bless you, girl!

  3. Hi Suzanne.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I only came across them from reading Tim Burt’s blogs.
    I love the film Evan Almighty and Bruce Almighty and can watch them over and over and I think I have got something different from them every time.
    God bless you in all you do for Him.
    Lee

    • I’m so glad you stumbled on my blog, Lee! I hope it was an encouragement and motivation to you as you move forward in a relationship with God.

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