“To obey is better than sacrifice…”
I love my children. Period. What they do, or don’t do, doesn’t in any way affect my love for them. But I am never more pleased than when they are obedient…and never more displeased than when they are disobedient.
There is something about obedience that screams honor and respect for authority. Training your child to honor you and obey you—whether they agree with you or not—sets them up to be a man or woman who will follow the Lord with no questions asked. (Provided that we are parenting with the goal to raise them in the admonition of the Lord.)
So, enough about our kids…what about us? Do we obey the Lord with no questions asked?
Doubt has a unique ability of disguising itself as logic. Nothing against being realistic, but it isn’t typically the Lord’s way to try and fit into our methods. When we start to try and reason with Him—let’s be honest, trying to change His mind—we step into a disobedient mindset. We are in essence saying that His way probably won’t work, so we will just go about it on our own.
The problem is…He will let you go about it on your own.
Hesitant obedience, partial obedience, forced obedience—how could these be pleasing to God? I know that He loves me, that nothing I do, or don’t do, could hinder that. But I want more—I want to please Him!!
Scripture to read:
1 Samuel 15
Father, I think of King Saul and the way that he really thought that he obeyed You. Don’t ever let me deceive myself into thinking that I have done as You have said if I haven’t. I pray that Your church will rise up and obey You, completely. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.