The problem with obedience is, of course, that we don’t want to (obey God’s Word, that is). From Adam and Eve’s fateful decision to disobey the command of the Lord, eating from the tree He had expressly forbidden them to eat from, our hearts have rebelled against God’s purposes for our lives–the perpetual conflict between what He wants, and what we want.
Obedience requires something from us, and this is usually something we don’t want to give. Obedience often feels like we are about to step over the edge of a cliff and into the great abyss. Obedience requires courage and faith: courage to overcome our fears and faith that what God has ordained for us is far better than any plan we could have devised.
I am grateful for the grace and mercy of God—not to mention His immeasurable patience, as He has waited for me to realize that I am just not that smart about figuring out what is best for me. As I look back over my life, I am saddened by the many years (and even decades, in some cases) that have been wasted by not implementing the changes God has asked for. It is certainly not because God hasn’t tried to get my attention, or sent people my way with wisdom I didn’t heed, or even that somehow I didn’t understand what He was saying. It was an issue of pride–I thought I knew better. When I was younger, I had no sense of how fast life would pass—no clear revelation that before I knew it, I would so quickly get to be this age. Before I knew it, years had gone by and I still hadn’t dealt with what He had asked me to.
Clearly disobedience to God’s Word has many consequences—some known, but many unintended. There is no way to know what those consequences may be, but God does. His ways always give us better outcomes–not to mention a richer and more fulfilling life.
God, help us to daily walk in Your Ways. Give us obedient hearts. Let us be quick to hear and ready to obey.
“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’” Jeremiah 7:23 (NKJV)
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