As a reader, I love a good book. There’s something about diving into a story and recreating the scene in your head. You can imagine yourself right there in the middle of it all, helping the main character figure out what to do. While I don’t have to have a happy ending for the books I read, I do love for it to be finished, if you know what I mean. I like to see development of a person-who they are, what they look like, the emotions they may be feeling. I like to see the plot, no matter if it’s happy or sad. It’s frustrating when I start reading a book and can’t really “get into it” the way I’d like.
Because of this habit, I’ve found that I’ve more than once been irritated with not knowing more about some of the people in the Bible. What did Rahab look like? What happened to her after the Israelites took down Jericho? What happened to the widow and her son who fed Elijah? Did they have an abundance of food afterward? How about Cornelius in Acts 10? He had a vision and was told to send men to Joppa to fetch Peter. Were those men guards from his regimen? Did they think he was off his rocker? What was their conversation like on the way to Joppa?
I’d rather have the complete story. But here’s what I’ve learned….
It’s not the point of the story. Do we really need to know what Rahab looked like or if she took up new residence in a nearby town or went with the Israelites? Is it necessary for us to know what the guards going to retrieve Peter were saying to each other about Cornelius’s vision?
In today’s society, we want the grand story, beginning to end, wrapped up as a complete package. No stone left unturned. If we don’t have the who, what, when, where, why, how, and how much, we decide it’s incomplete. But the reality is that we are seeing exactly what God needs us to see.
In each and every one of the people I wrote about above, you know what they all had in common? Immediate obedience. They followed what they were told as directed by God and they were blessed because of it. Rahab’s family was spared destruction. The widow didn’t starve and her son was raised from the dead by Elijah. Cornelius and his family made Jesus their Lord and Savior and are spending an eternity in heaven.
Why? Because they obeyed. As we go through this week, listen and hear God’s direction in your life. When He tells you to do something, I challenge you to obey immediately! Don’t wait. Follow what He says! What a blessing it is to obey our Heavenly Father and trust what He says is good.
“But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” –Luke 11:28