We all know obedience is a good for all aspects of life; school, work, family, and our walk with God. But obedience is not always easy. Obedience will almost always ask us to do the very thing we don’t want to do. Yet, obedience is necessary.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word obedience?
For me, it’s not fun.
I cringe at the word obedience because I know obedience isn’t easy. It has never been easy and still isn’t easy now.
God has asked me to let go of many things in life that I so dearly cherished. I struggled with obedience, but there are 3 things that have helped me persevere in obedience to God:
God is good. God is faithful. God knows better.
The only way to arrive at God’s destination for us and to receive his blessings is through obeying him.
God will never ask us to do anything that isn’t for our good. He loves us and only wants the best for us. God wants us to be blessed, but his blessings only come through our obedience to his will.
James 1:16-17 says, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..” James warns us to not be deceived because many times we tell ourselves that we can gain God’s perfect blessings through doing things our way, and not his way. We believe the enemy’s lies that we don’t have to obey God to get where God wants us to be. But the truth is, there’s only one way to see God’s plans happen in our lives and it is through obeying him.
How can we see God’s plans come to life if we aren’t willing to follow his plans?
James 1:25 says, “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” God wants to bless us, but we must commit our lives to following his perfect will in our lives.
Trust that God is faithful and knows what we need. God already made good plans for our lives before we were even born. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God knows his plans for you – will you believe that? Will you take the step of obedience and faith, trusting that God knows what is best for you?
There have been many times in my life when I thought I knew what was best for me, but following God only proved to me that he knows better. Following God has never created regrets in my life. The only regrets I have in my life are the choices I made myself, but never God’s.
If you love God, you will obey him. God promises to those who love him that he will prepare amazing plans for their lives that no one can even imagine. 1 Corinthians 2:9 is God’s promise to us which says, ““What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” -the things God has prepared for those who love him—”
God loves you and will always be there with open arms to receive you no matter what you’ve done. He’s given you his perfect son Jesus to forgive your sins when you surrender your life to him and obey him. Obedience might seem dreadful, but it’s only through obedience that you can experience the best that God has for you. So remember, obedience is necessary.