You know, I am not for sure if enough Christians are aware of the power of obedience. Matter of fact, I am not for sure if enough Christians are aware when they are disobedient. Disobedience is a form of settling in life. Think about it…when we disobey God, in big or small ways, we are essentially settling for our way instead of God’s way. We are called to obey God in every area of our life…in our finances, relationships, on our jobs, with our children, etc. And don’t forget we are called to obey in the little things as well. For example, you are in a fast food drive thru, God may ask you to pay for the order of the car behind you. You preparing to take a job with a higher salary, God may ask you to stay where you are. You plan on using your last $20 to put gas in your car for the week, God may ask you to sow the money in bible study that evening. You decide you are not speaking to your spouse after being hurt by their actions, God may ask you to forgive them and instead ask you to ask for forgiveness for how you hurt them. You may be on the highway prepared to drive your usual route home, God may ask you to take the long way around. In all of these situations God’s way may not make sense and may seem to cause more harm than good. However, because He is God, our obedience to Him gives us power over any traps the enemy may have set as a consequence of our disobedience.
Many of us choose our way instead of God’s way for a number of reasons. Here are a few common reasons people choose disobedience:
- “My way seems easier than God’s way.”
- “God takes too long.”
- “My way is not really that bad…I can live with it.”
- “Does God really know what’s best?”
- “If I do it God’s way I’ll lose everything.”
- “I’m tired of learning life lessons.”
- “My way seems to bring me the greater good.”
I know, I get it. I have used many of these excuses myself. But here’s the truth about our God…no matter how much good our way brings, it is still beneath what God has for us. I mean this revelation is BIG. As much as we can direct our thoughts and actions to the best of everything in life, God still has better than that for us! The Scriptures reminds us of this in Isaiah 55: 8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.
Think of it this way, disobedience may get you good stuff, but obedience gets you BLESSED! Just because you obtain or experience good things by doing it your way doesn’t mean that’s what God has for you. God’s seemingly bad stuff even leads to blessings. Matter of fact the Bible tells us that what seems “bad” to us when we obey God will always turn out for our good. It can not go any other way. One of my favorite Scriptures, Romans 8:28, says this, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose”. If you know that you love God and you know you are called according to His purpose, YOU CAN NEVER LOSE IN LIFE! All of your obedient acts will always work together for your good. Don’t lose heart and don’t focus on what it looks like, but instead focus on what you know.
There is power in your obedience. If you don’t remember anything else…memorize Romans 8:28 and remember disobedience may get you good stuff but obedience gets you BLESSED! Obey God!
Live out Loud,