I Will Obey
Why is obedience better than sacrifice? The word of God says, “If they obey and serve Him, they will spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasure.” (Job 36:11) Why is obedience the ultimate struggle in spite of us knowing the lifelong benefits? Although, there are several reasons we falter, it will be worth our time to develop an understanding of a few areas that pose problems with our obedience to God, employers, school officials, the law as well as both biological and spiritual parents. Until we make a decision to be obedient to God, we will spend the remainder of our days in and out of rebellion.
Before we get into areas of needed improvement, let’s first make sure that we understand rebellion.
Definition of Rebellion: An act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler
Being Set Apart
Not Following the Multitude
If God makes His laws and commands clear and we willingly choose to disobey him, it is rebellion. God lets us know in the bible that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. (1 Samuel 15:22-23) Why? Because a person is choosing to go against God and follow another spirit that is an enemy to God. How is it possible that many of the animal kingdom are more successful in this area upon training verses human beings? We see animals successfully trained in circus, family amusement parks, zoos, and as personal pets. What conditions enhance their success rate over us as people?
Sea World Whale Show
My decision is final, “I Will Obey.” In order to be successful in living an obedient life, we need to have wisdom. If we lack wisdom, God said that we can ask for it and He will give it to us freely. (James 1:5) Reading the book of Proverbs and applying these principles will point us in the direction of living a life that is pleasing to God.
Good Training – Whether in the home, school, military, ministry or on the job. The trainer and the instructor set the tone. Aptitude = Altitude
Question for today: What example are you setting? What principles are you teaching in your day to day living in the home, store, gas station, job, or in the church?
Applying the Principles - Applying what we learn is essential to our growth and living a life of obedience. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22)
Developing Consistency – Unless we make doing what is right a habit we will continue to fall into sin and live a life of rebellion. Praying to God to live according to His will and principles will help us to be doers of the word. For many years, I’ve prayed for righteous indignation so I will seek nothing but what is pleasing to God. I desire to love what He loves and to hate what He hates.
Protect Your Gates – Remember: A little leaven spoils the whole lump (Galatians 5:9) and one bad apple really does spoil a bunch. Watch what you see, be careful of what you hear, and govern what you say. The consequences can be severe and in some instances deadly. The word of God tells us that “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corthinians 15:33)
It is quite amazing to pay attention to the obedience of dogs that have been well trained. Although, we as humans are to subdue living creatures, there are similarities when it comes to taught or learned behavior. In most training material, I’ve noticed uniformity in the techniques used to obtain obedience and loyalty from dogs. Interestingly, I read the following statement “Everyone should treat your dog in the same way so as not to confuse them. Consistency is the best way to get your dog trained quickly. If the people involved with the dog each have different methods of treating the dog, it will become confused.
So it is with people, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Maybe obedience has been a struggle up to this point. Maybe you have the desire to do what is right and live a life of obedience. Let’s make the first step together by a statement of affirmation…I WILL OBEY!