“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Gn. 22:18)
Observance of the word of the Lord provides a blessing for others. The Lord God had blessed Abraham with much wealth, and he had even given him a child in his old age through Sarah the wife of his youth. When the Lord God commanded Abraham to rise up and give Isaac his beloved son as a burnt offering before the Lord, Abraham did not hold back. This was not because Abraham took this upon himself to do, but it was the word of the Lord who told him to do it. It is not the will of the Lord that a father should offer his son as a burnt offering; therefore, the Lord stopped him before he did it. Abraham knew the Lord, and he trusted that the Lord would provide a way. Abraham told Isaac, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Gn. 22:8) Abraham trusted in the goodness of God!
Abraham’s obedience to the word of the Lord resulted in the nations of the earth being blessed. Our obedience to the word of the Lord is not for our benefit but for the others. Rebellion is going away from the word of the Lord, repentance is turning back to the Lord, faith is trusting in the Lord, and obedience is going towards the Lord. So, have repentance towards God, faith in the Son of God Jesus Christ the Lord, and learn to observe all that Jesus commanded. It is in obedience to the word of the Lord that other people receive a blessing.