A beloved teacher in the faith shared a powerful lesson: They had been trusting the Lord for a car for a while. They prayed and confessed about it for quite a while.

One day, he had a meeting in Lagos, but the Lord prompted him to stop by first in Ibadan to visit a family he had always known. He felt it was not necessary initially, but he decided to obey eventually.

He visited that family. As he stepped in, the mother of the house was shocked. She said, “Who called you to come? Did Daddy call you?” He was wondering why the questions were asked. The father of the home was also shocked. He even thought the wife had called him. He informed them that he only had a prompt to visit them.

They were surprised. In their family devotion earlier that week, they had a prompt to give one of their cars away. They did not know who to give it to. They had two names. They only concluded that whoever shows up first between the two names would have the car. My dear teacher obeyed the Lord. He showed up. He got the car. What a way for the Lord to meet our needs.

This is the catch- if he had gone ahead to Lagos and returned to his base and nothing significant happened, he would have thought that it was his common sense that was just telling him to make that visit. He would not have known what he missed out on.

Listen, the consequence of disobedience is not always that something evil happens. It is the things that should have happened that we would never know. When we eventually give an account of our lives, we will be shocked when we see the opportunities we missed because we rationalized an instruction or shrugged off a prompt.

So, Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:22 NKJV

There are things that should be happening today that disobedience has tampered with. God can tell you to do a thing today because of something He wants to do in your life ten years from now.

When you obey Him now, it may look insignificant but wait, you will soon understand. We obey God in trust, but we understand him in retrospect.

What prompts are you taking for granted?

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