How have you ever felt bad about obeying God? Have you ever thought that you were right and that you should have your way at least, just once? I felt the same too. I wanted so badly to follow my feelings, to do what was right in my sight. But yet, the issue of explicit obedience stood right before my heavy eyes and whispered, “Hey Jane, you can’t back out now.” And so, I had to obey him even when it wasn’t reasonable to my feeble heart.
As God’s children, we have been called into a life of explicit and unprocrastinated Obedience! Hey, join me, let’s have a look-see.
What is Obedience?
Obedience in its simplest form is Compliance and submission. Dutifulness, duty, reverence, respect.
One of the requirements of Christian living is a life of Obedience. You are required to submit your all in obedience on the altar of sacrifice. You have been called to respect and submit to a higher authority, opinion, plan, and path whether it seems reasonable to you or not.
Obedience demands that you just obey and trust his invisible hand that leads you. It is also interesting to know that if your obedience is not explicit, prompt, and unwavering then, it is not complete. God has not called you unto a phony show of religion. He desires to punish the disobedience of this age but that can only be achieved when your Obedience is complete.
Can Obedience be learned?
Yes, Obedience can be learned. You can grow to that point of complete and explicit Obedience. God expects undivided loyalty from you as his child.
Obedience can be learned through the things you suffer. Scripture informs in (Hebrews 5:8) that Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered. He was God himself but yet, he was humble enough to take the form of man and to die on the big tree called Calvary.
Have you ever thought why he prayed so badly that the cup pass over him? He did so because dying on the cross was a hard decision. Taking the form of a man wasn’t that easy. But hey, he choose to obey the Father by accepting to drink from the bitter cup. He’s Obedience was not complete until he tasted death for mankind.
Most times, God brings a whole lot of difficult experiences your way. You may even want to imagine “Is God aware I’m his child, why is all this happening to me?” That was the same way Jesus felt when he was forsaken at the Cross.
But it’s amazing to note that, God allows you to experience all of those that the life of Obedience might be formed in you.
Sometimes it could be a wave of lack sweeping through every aspect of your life. It could be a delay in receiving the answers to your most urgent prayers. It could be a failure in your most esteemed escapade and so many other things. It’s always best to trust God to help your heart to be quiet so that your days of learning will not be futile.
Divine moments are not repeated.
Though the oven might be hot he’s only trying you that the dark spots be completely swabbed out of your life. He desires to bring you to a point of total surrender, a climax of unwavering Obedience that his counsel will be fulfilled upon the face of the earth.
Can Obedience be Tested?
Yes, your Obedience can be tested. Scripture informs that Abraham, our father and great hero of Faith had his Obedience tested. He had been trusting and waiting on God for more than decades. When God finally showed up, Sarah’s womb hopped, for the promised child was settled in there. The joyous moment was second to none. Happiness and laughter were all they knew and when the baby came, Sarah was overwhelmed. Her warm hands held baby Isaac softly and her thick blanket was wrapped around his tender being.
“This God is too good.” She must have said looking up into the blue sky. She may have imagined God nodding his head and saying, “I make all things beautiful in my own time.”
Elder Abraham thought this Joy was forever but boom, his heart burned with pain and his eyes teary when God said, “Give Isaac to me.” His all was demanded. His only source of genuine happiness was to be surrendered. His Isaac was to be offered. His Obedience was tested.
Can you offer your ‘Isaac’ whatever it may be if he demands it? Can you cease to own what most you price? Can you say, “Here is it lord, it never was mine?”
Elder Abraham passed the test and it was imputed unto him as righteousness. He became the friend of God. We can’t over-flog this issue. All through the scriptures Men that pulled down the hand of God were men who lived a life of Obedience. God is set to do so much more in your days if your all on the altar you lay. He’s all out to launch you into the realm of intimate communion if only you’ll obey. He’s watching to know how much you can let go for him!
Always remember, Obedience is the very BEST way to show that you BELIEVE!