Obedience is something a lot of us have a problem with once we get older and consider ourselves to be “grown”. We don’t want anyone or anything telling us what to do. I mean, I get it. You paid your dues. You obeyed whoever raised you. You obeyed your teachers. You obeyed your coaches. You obeyed your family members. Now that you’re grown, you just want to “do you”. I get it.
However, no matter how old you get, no matter how many bills you pay, and no matter how high you climb on the corporate ladder or any other ladder for that matter – there is still someone you should try your best to obey – and that’s God.
Now let’s be clear: God is not a slavemaster. God is not a taskmaster. God is not a dictator. God is not any of what many people have confused God to be. God is the voice that speaks to you and points you in the right direction. God is the One who makes sure that all things are well even when it doesn’t feel like all things are well. Therefore, it is very important to obey God’s voice.
Some would argue that we have to be taught to hear the voice of God. I disagree. I don’t think you have to be taught TO HEAR the voice of God. I think you have to be taught (or encouraged) to remember that you ALREADY KNOW the voice of God. The voice of God is the first voice you ever heard. Even before you heard your mother’s voice, you heard the voice of God. It’s the first thing you ever heard and the last thing you’ll ever hear. Whether it comes across sounding like you, your mom, your grandma, your pastor or whoever – the voice of God is a distinct voice that you will hear if you just listen.
Obedience to God’s voice will always benefit you. Oftentimes, it will benefit others as well. I’m gonna give you a tangible example. Nine or ten years ago, I was homeless. Homeless. No home. I didn’t really know what to do. I didn’t know how I was gonna make it. I didn’t know how I was going to eat or where I was going to sleep. But you know what? I ate every day. I had everything I needed to make it through each day. And it wasn’t because of the people I reached out to and expected to help me. It was because those I would’ve least expected to help me heard from God and obeyed. I would wake up and God would tell me where to go and someone would feed me. God would tell me who to call and they would have things for me. Many people had no idea why they were helping me, but God knew.
So think about this… The next time God tells you to give something to someone, that may be the only thing they will have access to that day. The next time God tells you to reach out to someone, they may be somewhere depressed or contemplating suicide. The next time God tells you to pay for the person’s meal who is behind you in the drive-thru, they may have been about to spend their last little bit of money on their food. God knows all, and God’s voice will never lead you wrong. Please obey God. Someone else’s life could very well be depending on it.
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!