Immediate Obedience: The Fruit of Faith


On that very day Abraham [did]… as God told him. – Genesis 17:23

Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is, for delayed obedience is disobedience.

Each time God calls upon us to do something, He is offering to make a covenant with us. Our part is to obey, and then He will do His part to send a special blessing.

The only way to be obedient is to obey instantly – “On that very day,” as Abraham did. I know we often postpone doing what we know to do, and then later do it as well as we can. Certainly this is better than not doing it at all. By then, however, it is at best only a crippled, disfigured, and partial attempt toward obedience. Postponed obedience can never bring us the full blessing God intended or what it would have brought had we obeyed at the earliest possible moment.

What a pity it is how we rob ourselves, as well as God and others, by our procrastination! Remember, “On that very day” is the Genesis way of saying, “Do it now!” – from Messages for the Morning Watch

Martin Luther once said, “A true believer will crucify, or put to death, the question: ‘Why?’ He will simply obey without questioning.” And I refuse to be one of those people who “unless… [I] see miraculous signs and wonders… will never believe” (John 4:48). I will obey without questioning.

Ours not to make reply,

Ours not to reason why,

Ours but to do and die.

Obedience is the fruit of faith; patience is the early blossom on the tree of faith. – Christina Rossetti

Excerpted with permission from Streams in the Desert by L. B. E. Cowman, copyright Zondervan.

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How convicting! It’s easy to make excuses and to delay obeying. It’s so tempting to wait instead of doing what God said right away. Is this a struggle for you, too? Join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear from you about obeying the Lord right away! ~ Devotionals Daily

L.B. Cowman

L. B. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

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