December 3, Sunday

The AMI QT Devotionals for November 27 to December 3 are written by David Son, who serves as the college pastor at Symphony Church in Boston. David, a graduate of UC Berkeley (B.S.) and Gordon-Conwell Seminary (M.Div.), is married to Grace, who teaches at a public school.

 

 

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Willingness”

Genesis 24:57-58

They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.” And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.”

In order to become a US Navy SEAL, you need to be 28 years or younger, have near perfect vision, be able to run 1.5 miles in 9-10 minutes or less, do 100+ pushups in 2 minutes, 100+ sit-ups in 2 minutes, and swim 500 yards (5 football fields) in less than 8 minutes. And those are just some of the physical requirements; there is a whole lot more testing that you have to pass in order to potentially become a Navy SEAL. They are one of the elite forces in the United States military, and so their selection process is very stringent. Only the cream of the crop should even think about applying. But those who go on to become SEALs are some of the most honored, respected, and saluted service-men in our nation.

The way our society works is that the more prestigious a position is, the harder it is to attain that position—that makes sense to us. Perhaps this is why it’s so counter-intuitive to serve a God whose only requirement of us is that we be willing. We don’t need to have perfect vision, be in peak physical condition, or have the best grades and test scores. All we need to have in order to be part of God’s plan is willingness. That’s it! The rest is up to God.

Our passage today is a short one, and thus it can be easily missed. But what we see here is an incredible display of Rebekah’s willingness to respond to God’s plan. The reality is that she had just met this random man one day ago. He gave her some jewelry. Then he said some things about the Lord granting him success in his journey of finding her. Then, the next day he invites her to leave her house and go to a far-off land in order to become the wife of a man she has never met. But she trusts that God is truly behind the scenes, and she responds with a simple, “I will go,” and the rest is history.

Rebekah’s response is not without precedent. Abraham also responded in the same way when God told him to leave his home in Ur of the Chaldeans. Also, Noah, when commanded to build a giant boat, proceeds to do so, in spite of the mockery surrounding him. Likewise, the prophet Isaiah responds to God’s call by saying, “Here I am, send me.” In the New Testament, when an angel appears before Mary with a shocking plan, Mary responds, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And perhaps the greatest example of willingness is our Lord Jesus Himself, who became obedient even to the point of death on a cross. When we look at Scripture, we see that the number one quality that God looks for in us is willingness.
How is your “willingness” these days? If God were to interrupt your plans today, how willing would you be to stop and join Him in whatever work He is inviting you into? Before we offer our skills, resources, gifts, and effort up to God, let us first don a willing heart!

Prayer: God, we recognize that the only things that are of eternal significance are the things that are of Your plan. So help us to seek Your kingdom first. Help us to put on willing hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah 35

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