Written by Kim Johnson, Author of immysister.org
Sometimes God calls us to do things that we really don’t want to do. Some of the reasons we may not want to do them are, we lack self-confidence, we may doubt our ability to succeed, we don’t feel qualified, or, as simple as, we just plain ole are too tired and afraid. But! On the other hand, when God gives us a vision and we follow through with it, in spite of what we might be feeling, we are walking in obedience and demonstrating faith/trust in God.
As for me, I want to be obedient and I want to do what God calls me to do. However, I am no different than anyone else, walking in obedience is hard for me too. Especially, if it involves a lack of sleep, stress, driving some place I don’t want to go and dealing with difficult people.
Nevertheless, I have learned to push past my feelings and trust God no matter what I see, because I don’t like consequences and I don’t want God to give my assignment to someone to else.
In any event, the bible tells us that blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it (Luke 11:28, NIV). Charles Stanley explains that God always promises to bless joyful obedience. And that we delight God’s heart when we choose to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to do what He commands us to do. Often, God’s greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears very insignificant.
So ask yourself, has God been challenging you to do something seemingly unimportant that you have rationalized by saying, it’s too difficult, I don’t want to, or I have to pray about it first?
The thing is this, our obedience always benefits others. God often rewards others in particular, those closest to us as a result of our obedience. For example, when a father obeys the Lord, his entire family reaps the reward of God’s blessings. Likewise, a child’s obedience will bless his or her parents. This does not mean that those who choose to disobey the Lord will escape His discipline because of someone else’s godly walk. His call to obedience always demands our response. However, when we live obedient lives, those who know and love us will sense the peace and joy he has given us. And, instead of conflict, there will be contentment and that is just one part of experiencing God’s goodness (pg. 1198).
Sister to Sister do you hear me, are you walking in Godly obedience?
Stanley, C. F. (2009). Life Principles Bible. In C. Stanley (Ed.). Thomas Nelson.
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