Path of obedience

forest-682003_640Exodus 7:6: And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they. (KJV)

Human beings think that they are wiser than God. That was what happened in the Garden of Eden where Eve thought it was better that she eats the wrong fruit against God’s commandment (Genesis 3).

She ate what she was told not to eat and the rest is history. Everything went downhill. Her choice messed all of us up. She would have spared all of us the stress if she did as God told her, without questioning or second-guessing.

Moses did not do as he was told and he missed out on the Promised Land (Numbers 20:1-20), King Saul did not do as he was told and he lost the throne (1Samuel 13).

We should not be full of ourselves thinking that we know all things. We do not. Knowledge is more than information, it has to do with transformation, and Jesus said that we shall know the truth and the truth will make us free.

When we do what God tells us, it is like dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1-2). When we disregard the word of God we cannot at the same time say we regard God. But God is not our playmate, his words should not be casually treated. It should be held in awe.

Jesus does not waste his time with those who do not. He rebuked the Pharisees that they lift their tradition above the word of God (Mark 7:13). He said: leave them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind and they shall all fall into the pit (Matthew 15:13-14).

He said that his brother, sister and mothers are those who obey God, they share his spiritual gene (Matthew 12:46-50). Jesus was the epitome of obedience to the father. In the difficult issue of laying down his life on the cross, he was obedient (Philippians 2:5-11).

He was not focused on the pain but on the glory that will come after. His form was marred more than the sons of men (Isaiah 52:14). When we do as we are told that is when we will, at the end of time, hear: “Welcome good and faithful servant” from God.

Near the end of his life, Paul was so sure that he had rewards laid for him in heaven. He had lived in obedience (2Timothy 4:7-8).

The bible says that the path of the righteous is like the shining light. That means the path of obedience is the path of increasing light (Proverbs 4:18).

James wrote that it is not just the hearers alone that will be justified but the doer of the word. When we do not do the word though we hear it, we are rebellious in heart.

The devil has a rebellious heart, he was not content to be in his position assigned by God, his ambition drove him on and he led a band of angels to join him in his rebellion. Obedience, as it is linked with humility, is the first law of lifting in the realm of the Spirit while disobedience is the gate downwards (James 4:6).

Even if at first you are not be getting any result, you still have to continue to do as you are told. There is security in obedience, we are guaranteed God’s his support when we do what he says.

The path of obedience is the path of blessing. Before the children of Israel entered the Promised Land they were clearly told that the favour of God was not automatic. It is directly linked with their obedience. Being from Abraham gave them some privileges, but for them to continue to enjoy them they have to be on the path of obedience.

For many commandments that God gave the nation he did not give them reasons, they were supposed to trust him. He made them to hunger in the wilderness and fed them with manna that they may learn that that man must not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. But the lesson only came later (Deuteronomy 8:3).

When God began to rain manna from heaven the children of Israel were meant to go out daily to pick the food and make sure they leave none overnight. No reason was given for this, but when some attempted to that it bred worms and was not eatable (Exodus 16:17-20). And God was angry that they despised his words. Jesus told the devil: man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Submission to the Lordship of Jesus has in it the idea of obedience without complaining. Jesus told Matthew “follow me,” and he left his lucrative business, asking no question (Matthew 9:9).

Jesus said that the one who puts his hand on the plough and looks back is not worthy of him (Luke 9:62). That speaks of the need for commitment, for going all the way, for setting our eyes on Jesus who for the joy set before him despised the shame of the cross (Hebrews 12:1-4).

His obedience fetched him a name that is above every other name. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the father (Philippians 2:5-11). Our obedience is to the glory of God the father and out disobedience does the opposite.

When David committed adultery with the Bathsheba, and killed her husband, God through Prophet Nathan said the child from that adultery will die, and he said it was because David had given opportunity for the enemies of God to blaspheme (2Samuel 12:14).

While disobedience is disconnection from God, obedience shows alignment with Him. It shows that we have left our ways and are following his way; that we have a heart that yields to him, that we are not resistant to the Holy Spirit, that we are not stiff-necked and are opened to correction, amenable to the operation of the Holy Spirit in our heart to lead and guide us as he should (Acts 7:51).


2 thoughts on “Path of obedience

  1. Reblogged this on Christian Authenticity and commented:
    Always a good reminder for us as we strive to live an authentic Christian life. Today, the thought of obedience within the Church is somewhat of a misnomer. Quickly, one will recite Paul’s statement to the Christians in Galatia. They fail to realize that Paul was not talking about obedience in these passages as one understands, Paul was actually referring to the ritual rites that had an attachment of salvation/approval (mainly Circumcision to be counted among the seed of Abraham and the Blessed covenant people). Obedience, therefore, ought to be part of our Christian walk and heritage, for it is through our own obedience to follow Christ that we become more and more sanctified in His name.


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