Why should I obey this commandment from God? I pondered. Is it because the consequences of disobeying Him would be bad? Hmm, but is that all? Ah, I see it now—my thinking was turned around. I should have asked, “Why would I disobey?”

For Noah and Abraham, obedience was their default mode. They believed in God and did what He said. Noah had the task of building a huge ark, one that his family of eight could occupy for several months. Of course they also had to share their accommodations with animals of all types and species! It took Noah 120 years to complete his big building project. Think of the excuses that Noah could have used to argue with God: “It will cost too much.” “It’s not feasible.” “It will take too long.”

But Noah trusted in God. So he gave himself fully to his work, showing a heart of faith and obedience (Hebrews 11:7). He showed us that faith believes and obeys God and His Word.

Abraham was about 75 when God called him. While people lived longer at that time than we do today, he still wasn’t a young man. But when God said He needed to follow His instructions and experience a major life change, he left his familiar surroundings and ventured into an unknown place with his family (Hebrews 11:8). Questions such as these likely filled his mind: Will Sarai be able to adapt to the new environment? Are the foreigners friendly? Nonetheless, God had called and Abraham obeyed.

Noah and Abraham recognized that God is trustworthy—we can follow and obey Him in confidence. What is He calling you to do today that will require trust and obedience? As He empowers you, may you follow Him and His Word, experiencing your own faith-building adventure!

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: John 12:1-11