READ: Deuteronomy 30-31
THINK: Elisabeth Elliot knew very personally that following God’s call to obedience sometimes comes at great personal cost. Her husband Jim was killed in 1956 while following God’s call to bring the gospel to the Huaorani tribe of Ecuador. She could have gone running back to the United States. She could have held a grudge against the tribe and let bitterness fester in her heart. But she prayed. And God called her to go to the Huaorani. She went, along with her baby daughter Valerie, and spent two years sharing Jesus with the very people who murdered her husband and saw countless lives changed by God’s grace.
Later in life, she wrote these words about the message in Deuteronomy 30-31:
“In order to get to a place called Laity Lodge in Texas you have to drive into a riverbed. The road takes you down a steep, rocky hill into a canyon and straight into the water. There is a sign at the water’s edge which says, ‘Yes. You drive in the river.’
One who has made up his mind to go to the uttermost with God will come to a place as unexpected and perhaps looking as impossible to travel as that riverbed looks. He may glance around for an alternative route, but if he wants what God promises His faithful ones, he must go straight into the danger. There is no other way.
The written word is our direction. Trust it. Obey it. Drive in the river and get to Laity Lodge. Moses said to Israel, ‘I offer you the choice of life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life and then you and your descendants will live; love the Lord your God, obey him, and hold fast to him: that is life for you.’
When you take the risk of obedience, you find solid rock beneath you–and markers, evidence that someone has traveled this route before. ‘The Lord your God will cross over at your head… he will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not be discouraged or afraid’ (Deuteronomy 30:19-20, 31:3, 8). It’s what the old gospel song puts so simply: ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way; To be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.’”
PRAY: Ask God to help you trust and obey him today – to help you surrender to his leading and follow him no matter how scary or uncertain things seem, trusting that he is in control.