Familiarity breeds contempt. This statement could not be more applicable than in the mention of the word ‘obedience’ especially to grownups.
The general perception is that it is more relevant to children than adults. Woe unto you if in your ‘children’s wonder world’ you happened to be the explorer type, and out of curiosity you ventured beyond the borders of the word according to your mother’s definition!! I share in your laughter and nostalgic experiences down the memory lane.
But from an open exploration of Scriptures and thorough analysis on those characters who dared to embrace the word in unquestionable action we learn of evidenced realities and recorded results.
I bring to you the father of faith Abraham. He waits for twenty-five years from the time of his son’s promise then is asked to sacrifice the miracle son. Without questions and hesitation, he lays Isaac on the altar ready to offer him before a ram is provided and the son is preserved.
I present King Jehoshaphat. Facing an invasion by the neighbouring nations the King in fear and anxiety of heart turns to God for help. God instructs him to organize his people to sing, yes, I mean sing against the terrorists of the day. He acts in obedience and the next miracle happens, the enemies fight one another, and the victory is attributed to the mighty exploits of king Jehoshaphat.
I am as convinced as you are that it is worth to practice obedience in our daily lives and in return tap the promises from the following scriptures: –
Happy are those who obey the Lord, who live by his commands. Psalm 128:1(GNB)
Jesus answered him, “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and my Father and I will come to him and live with him. John 14:23(GNB)
You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (NKJV)
And do what the Lord your God orders you to do. Obey all his laws and commands, as written in the Law of Moses, so that wherever you go you may prosper in everything you do.1 Kings 2:3 (GNB)
Dear Lord, help us to obey you in all that we do. We trust in you to draw us closer to yourself everyday of our lives. Amen