Have you ever had a rock stuck in your shoe and for whatever reason you were unable to remove it? Maybe you were driving, or your arms were full. Now, have you ever experienced a persistent feeling that you were overlooking something which required immediate attention? Through the years I’ve noticed this is one of the ways the Holy Spirit gets my attention. Recently, it started with the word, obedience.
Obedience is not an appealing concept. It conjures up thoughts of submission, limitations, and oppression. However, as I thought about the word and wondered what the Lord wanted me to know, I heard: “blessings for obedience.”
I’ve experienced it many times–maybe you have too. Upon wakening from a dream, you realize you have an unusual word or idea and like an old song, you can’t get it out of your head. Perhaps this newfound awareness didn’t occur through a dream but is instead, something that keeps coming up—in advertisements, on the radio, or in a conversation you overheard.
You wonder, why do I keep seeing or hearing this word (or idea) just about wherever I go? It may seem irrelevant or even nonsensical.
Now take it a step further and let’s say that in addition to this word or idea that you can’t seem to escape, you’re also in the midst of a situation which requires a solution. You need guidance, direction or more information so you can make an informed decision.
So, what if you put the two together? In other words, maybe God is trying to tell you something; He has a word for you, and He’s calling you closer so that you will seek Him, be still (in body and mind), listen attentively and be receptive to what He has to say.God does not offer blessings for obedience as a bribe, but because He knows what’s best. Click To Tweet
The Bible encourages us to be obedient to God because His ways are higher than ours.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Prov. 14:12)
First, resolve within your heart that God is good—He’s for you and not against you and since He’s for you, who can be against you?!
Jesus came only to do God’s will. “I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me” (Jn. 5:30). Jesus also said He could do nothing of Himself, but what He saw the Father do (see Jn. 5:19). Likewise, Jesus referred to us as “branches” and warned that apart from Him, we can do nothing—no thing! (see Jn. 15:5).
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22).
An ongoing personal connection with Jesus is not only powerful, but it’s also essential to every aspect of a life well lived. Obedience to the Word of the Father is the best place to start.
- Whenever you receive a word or idea that just won’t go away, spend quiet time with the Lord and ask Him what He wants to show you. Be still and wait on Him.
- Write it down. If you don’t, you’ll forget it. Remember, Satan comes immediately to take away the word sown in our hearts.
- Go back to the last thing the Lord told you to do and do it!
For further study, see Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Isaiah 1:19; John 2:5; and Hebrews 10:8.