Obedience and Control
The word obedience often concurs up feelings of negativity. Its meaning seems to go against human nature as it is defined as “compliance with an order or submission to another’s authority.” We, humans, prefer being in charge or more specifically in control and thus like things to submit to our ways instead of the other way around. Where does your life fall in with obedience? Could you use a bit of help to be obedient while developing your faith?
I must admit that if things are going my way, I find obedience easy. But, when the things of life, whether people involved or not, start to go awry, my desire for obedience goes out of the window. Being obedient is often a lot more difficult than it sounds especially when everyone wants to be in control. This reminds me of the mother who wanted to have the last word with her young son but often couldn’t handle the hassle that resulted whenever she said, “no,” to him. After one especially trying day, she finally flung her hands up in the air and shouted, “All right, Billy, do whatever you want! Now let me see you disobey THAT!”
I understand this mother’s frustration, as this week I am fighting with the internet and although it isn’t human it has certainly pushed my limits. For frankly, it is not being very obedient or more importantly, allowing me to be in control. But throwing my hands up in the air and shouting for it to do whatever it wants to do, just like Billy’s mother, isn’t going to solve the root of the problem. We have all heard that it is important to pick and choose our battles and when we look towards Biblical obedience, we see the many blessings of compliance.
Developing the Fruit of Faith with Help
When we submit to God through obedience, we are further developing the fruit of our faith. And it is important to remember that with obedience the only true obedience is instant. For when obedience becomes delayed it turns to disobedience. For it is said that when we try to withdraw from obedience, we withdraw from Grace.
When we choose obedience to God’s law, we learn it is the only way to achieve real happiness. God’s word is true, wonderful, and staying obedient to Him and His Word no matter how bad the world becomes is important. But it is often difficult, which is why it is necessary to trust and cry out to God for His help when we struggle with being in control. For in these times, God stands ready to help us, if we will submit to Him.
It is through Christ that we have the Holy Spirit to help guide us through the paths of life. This knowledge of obedience keeps us from being discouraged. Furthermore, it is through our obedience that when we misstep, we can freely ask God for help for He will not give up on us.
I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!Psalm 119:8 (NLT)
Through our obedience, we learn that our righteousness can only come from what God does in us and not the other way around. This makes us God-centered and not self-centered. When we make the conscious decision to move beyond keeping the laws of God and live by the principles they are based on, we deepen our relationship and strengthen our faith. This is the place where we realize that our attitudes that people don’t see are just as important as the actions they do. However, we can’t follow God’s laws without His help.
Wrapping Up – Improving Obedience Strengthens Faith
Thus, if we want to improve our obedience, we must look beyond the surface meaning of His rules for living. For we miss the intent of God’s Word if we don’t understand why He made His laws. Moreover, it is when we understand the intent behind the rules that we understand that He wants to help us achieve them.
Physician, Dr. B.J. Miller said, “it is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.” Won’t you be challenged to live a righteous life being full of obedience to God in thought and deed yet remembering that He stands ready to help you do so? Find your conviction in knowing that the state of your heart is as important as your state of presence. Seek your motivation in knowing that God doesn’t expect you to live according to His laws without His help. And lastly, find the comfort of knowing that He will not give up on you as you dedicate your life to be obedient to Him and His will.
Love in Christ,
Our ability to remain faithful to God is by itself a miracle. For nothing happens without His Grace that works in us, and His spirit that perfects us which urges us to be like Him. For truly, everything begins with His mercy and ends with His mercy.Henrietta Newton Martin
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you find full and true obedience to God difficult? Have you realized that He stands ready to help you be obedient to Him? Share your thoughts on the benefits of your faith through obedience to God.