Dear Beloved One,
Saul found himself on the wrong side of right when he decided to take the plunders of war and spare king Agag’s life. The instruction was to kill everything and everyone. Instead Saul took it upon himself to alter the divine plan of God. As a result, Saul lost his crown. We risk the same thing when we don’t follow God’s instructions thoroughly. HIS plan may call for a left turn but you see something on the right that makes you want to go right. You make a right turn and find yourself 30 miles out of the way. Often we stumble on the way to achieving a goal because we figure that God’s way requires more time than we are willing to commit. That shortcut may cost us more than we realize. God is not asking us to achieve the goal any way we can He is asking us to be obedient and trust HIS plan. We know God sees our life and knows everything that we need. He knows just when we need certain things. But if we are not willing to be obedient, then we tie God’s hands and we miss an opportunity to grow in faith .
Obedience is something that God is after because in your obedience you prove your faith.We can say that we have total faith in God but where is the evidence? Where does the rubber meet the road? Have you made a move in the direction that God is calling you to go? Something about the people in the Bible captivates me. When they did not have the New Testament or in some cases the Old Testament , they were willing to act on their faith and obey the word that God had given them. Hebrews chapter 11, verse 7-8 outlines two people who in faith obeyed God. Noah never saw rain but he obeyed God and built the Ark. Abraham came from a family of Idol worshippers and he was willing to leave his traditions and home in obedience to God. In both of their lives there was not an Old Testament to glean knowledge. There was just the voice of God. Believe it or not obedience is for you. It is for your protection, growth and it proves the perfect will of God. God has already promised that all of these things will work together for the good of those who love God. He is only asking us to obey so that we can experience His good and perfect will for our lives.
At first it is hard ( I know, I’m working on this also), but with prayer , study and building that relationship with God it’s not impossible . Let’s Pray
I have noticed that in some areas of my life I have not been obedient to your word and to your will for my life. I pray and ask at this current moment that you will help me to clearly hear your word and in response be obedient to the will that you have for me. For I know Lord that you work all things together for my good. In your holy son Jesus name
1 Samuel 15 , Hebrews 11