Summary: A sermon examining the importance of following the Lord.
Will You Follow Where He Leads?
A few weeks ago my wife and I were 3 hours away in un-chartered territory. We were in Greenville and were headed home. It was about 10:00 and we were trusting the GPS to get us back to Talladega. We had no idea where we were and it was starting to look like we were going to run out of gas. There was absolutely nothing but trees for miles. There were no homes, no people and no cell service. If we had ran out of gas there was no way to get in touch with anyone. It was a scary situation. We were at the mercy of the GPS. It said that we were 10 miles from the nearest gas station, and the indicator on the dash told us that we had 12 miles of gas remaining. Even though we didn't know where we were, or what was ahead, the GPS did. And by following it's (nagging) computerized directions we found ourselves right where we needed to be.
There are times in life... metaphorically speaking, when we don't know where we are... we don't know where we are going and we don't know what is ahead. We are scared, we feel all alone and we don't know which way is up. We must realize in those times that we serve an Omnipresent God. He is all places at all times. And though we don't know what lies ahead, HE DOES!!
Those of us who are saved are Children of God. And there is a place that He wants each of us to be. Yes, Our Lord desires that each and every one of His children are found in the center of His will. Maybe you are here and you would say... THAT IS WHERE I WANT TO BE! You may truly desire to be found in the center of His will. But maybe you are having a hard time getting there. I believe that we have a great example in the life of Abram of how to find ourselves in the place that God would have us to be. I would like to walk through these verses this evening and preach on this thought "The Lord Will Lead...Will You Follow?"
As we arrive at Genesis Chapter 12 we find that God had a plan for Abram. There was a place for Him to go, there were some things for him to do and in order for Abram to get to that place, he had to simply "Trust and Obey" . In order to be found in the center of God's will:
i. Abraham had to be listening when The Lord Spoke
ii. He had to be willing to go where the Lord said go
iii. He had to be willing to do what the Lord said do
iv. He had to be willing to be what the Lord wanted him to be
v. He had to be willing to stay when the Lord said stay
If we will listen and apply the truths found in these verses...we will see how God can take us from where we are to where He wants us to be. The first question I would like to ask you is...
I. Will You Listen When The Lord Speaks? v12a "Now the LORD had said unto Abram"
Abram was God's man. He had a close relationship with the Almighty. So close, that they had intimate, one on one conversations with one another. We find in Genesis 22 that God tested Abraham's faith. He instructed him to sacrifice his only son on Mt. Moriah. In Genesis 22:1 the Lord spoke directly to Abraham. When He called out to Abraham, Abraham responded immediately with the words "Here I am" - In this event the Lord instructed him where to go and what to do.
If you read the story you will find that Abraham rose up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, took his only son Isaac and the wood for the burnt offering and went to the very place God had commanded Him to go. As they approached the top of the mountain "Isaac said to Abraham... My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. Genesis 22:7-10