So Abram went..."
"And he (the Lord) brought Abram outside and said, 'Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.' Then he said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.
And he (Abram) believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness."
"After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, 'Abraham!' And he said, 'Here I am.' He said, 'Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'
"So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac."
I have been reading in the book of Genesis lately about the most ancient Hebrew patriarch Abraham. One of the most astonishing occurrences across the pages of mid Genesis is Abraham's quick obedience to whatever the Lord commands. When God speaks, Abraham listens. When God speaks, Abraham believes. When God speaks, Abraham immediately obeys.
How many of us can say we have the same track record as Abraham?
When God speaks, Audrey tries to speak louder. When God speaks, Audrey questions. When God speaks, Audrey only sometimes tentatively obeys.
The first order of business in changing a stubborn heart into an obedient one must be to ask the Lord to do it. Even with the most disciplined striving we could no more transform our hard heart to a soft one than we could change the sun into the moon. God is the only one who can change a human heart.