I have to share this one with you all. I was reading Prime Time With God on a message titled: "Strange Instructions." What a great message this is.
First off, how many of you would respond to God telling you to do something entirely out of the ordinary. For instance, if you were instructed to get up and leave your house in the middle of the night immediately, would you listen? Or as Pastor Connie had done for the women of our church. She had a chance to attend the National Prayer Breakfast today, but instead obeyed and stayed behind to lead our group. That my friends is true obedience. We all know what a sacrifice that was for her and felt very blessed.
Do you have enough faith and trust in the Lord to listen to, and to follow His commands? I have to admit, there may be circumstances that would make me wonder. But after reading this message today, I realize how important--not that I ever doubted Him--it is to listen to EVERY command He delivers to us.
The story was of "A distinguished Indian evangelist named Sadhu Chellappa was on a mission trip to a village north of Madras." In the middle of the night, the Father called to him and told him to get up and leave at once. Chellappa thought it was a rather odd command, but being a faithful man, done as he was told. He came to an open field with a tree. He stopped under the tree for a moment when he heard God speak to him all of a sudden. He was told to stay under the tree and begin preaching. He thought why would I stay here and preach to an empty open field, but done as he was told. When he came to asking of the listeners to give their lives to Jesus, he heard a voice come from the top of the tree. The man crying, gave his life to Jesus. Chellappa asked the man what he was doing up in the tree out in the middle of a field. He admitted that he was about to hang himself.
Wow!!! Is that powerful or what? What a great message. We must always listen to our Heavenly Father, no matter how strange the directions may be. Obey, believe, follow, stand in faith, be strong in the Lord. He never gives us more than we can handle. He never leaves us. He never tells us to do something that is going to put us in harms way. Trust in Him!