8 August 2020

OBEDIENCE: Why should I?

At first glance, obeying is not easy. This is because many of the situations in which we must obey are against one of our wishes.

Christian Reflections - OBEDIENCE: Why should I?
OBEDIENCE: Why should I?

At the same time, doing things in a bad way or with any kind of bad thought, we are being displeased with God. On the contrary, what do we gain if we do it without any sign of discomfort? What are we achieving by obeying?

First of all, God shows us through every Bible verse that if we obey His statutes and keep His word in our hearts, a number of blessings come into our lives.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein. For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”; Joshua 1:8.

Without a doubt, obeying is not our first choice when we are given a command; whether it is from our parents, superiors, pastors or even God. However, when we understand that obedience brings blessing to our life and that God’s favor will be with us, our life is conditioned to being obedient.

Obviously, obedience should not be seen as a trade off of blessings for our life because in the same way, God continues to see what the intentions of our heart are; have you obeyed out of interest or because you want to please God? If your answer is the latter, I congratulate you.

In other words, we can summarize it as: “Obey and you will be blessed. Disobey and you will be cursed”.

Obedience to God strengthens our purpose

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: a blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day; and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods which ye have not known”; Deuteronomy 11:26-28.

In the same way that God blesses us, He also strengthens us to achieve our victory. We see an example of this in Abraham (The Father of Faith).

After God gave him a son as a promise, he later asked him to give his son as a sacrifice. Then we know the story and see how Abraham, despite his attachment to his son and feeling displeased with this, decided to hold on to God’s purpose.

Finally, we see how God turns history upside down when he sees the obedience of his son and this teaches us, just like Abraham; to cling to the promises God gives us whose result is what will lead us to victory and a happy path.

Undoubtedly, it will not be and is not easy but not impossible.