From The Father Factor by Jim and Merry Corbett
As a husband and father, obedience to the Lord in all things is of far greater importance than a myriad of good deeds done on your own initiative. He is far more concerned with the condition of your heart than in what you can do. Paul had been told through a prophet that his life would become difficult if he went to Jerusalem. He knew that he would be bound and taken into captivity because of his appearance there. None of that mattered to him.
What was of primary importance to Paul, however, was his obedience to the Lord and what He had called him to do. He knew that his mission, commissioned and anointed by God, would allow His will to be accomplished. That was all that mattered to him.
As you move forward, there will be many good things that you could do to change your life and the lives of those around you. There will be many choices you will have to make and many people with whom you’ll be involved. However, only those things that are done in prayerful obedience and birthed through waiting on God and His timing will be truly fruitful and eternal. Anything else may possibly be a good thing, but it will fall far short of what God intends if you initiate your own marching orders and then ask God to bless your efforts. As Nehemiah did, as Paul did, move only when you are told to move and go only where you are told to go. Then have confidence that you are moving hand-in-hand with the Lord no matter how hard the challenge might be.
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