The word obedience has always been a word I’ve cringed at the sound of. I don’t know if it’s the word itself, or if it’s the idea of the word; hard, challenging, and authoritative. In either case, I’ve realized that obedience isn’t exactly what I thought it was. I only thought I knew about 1/4 of the true meaning; and that was ‘follow the rules’.
This past year obedience has been a challenge for me. And not in a bad and terrible way! But in a way that has brought me a lot of peace, joy, love, relief, and a multitude of blessings. Blessings in things that I once took for granted and overlooked. Things I didn’t nurture and look after – I didn’t care for. Some of the things have always been directly in front of me, and I never took the time to focus on them; like I was wearing someone else’s prescription glasses; blurry and smeared. And I have no doubt who laid them there for me to use (the enemy).
Bringing God glory has been the ultimate blessing. Bringing Him glory is a remarkable and personal emotion that is both: tremendously joyful and tremendously fulfilling. Bringing God glory is the cherry-on-top because it magnifies all other blessings. Without it, all other blessings feel incomplete and less beautiful. Like on an ice cream sundae, the cherry is the most colorful and prettiest element of the sundae itself. It’s the most natural and the sweetest. If you’re like me, it’s my fave! The ice cream, the chocolate, the caramel, and the whipped cream are all wonderful…but without the cherry, it’s not finished. And there is a reason for that saying….
Being obedient shouldn’t feel difficult, or feel like a negative in your life. When obedience seems hard, it’s because we are overwhelmed with other projects or priorities. We belittle God’s commands and His authority because we think our schedules should take precedence. But we should be letting go of all the things in our life that are not bringing God glory. We should be readjusting our schedules so we can do God’s work first; not our own. If you’re overwhelmed and exhausted, and never have the time to “get it all done”, let God give you a to-do list. I promise, if you stick to it, you will always have time for a little extra at the end of the day for yourself. You will never feel overwhelmed, and He may give you an extra hour, or a day, to get it all done. Like in Joshua 10.
Friends, God gives us the time we need to get what we need to do, done. So slow down, say “no” to the things that He hasn’t called you to do, and the things that don’t bring Him glory. Pray for His to-do list. And soak in the blessings each time you “check something off.”
Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. Proverbs 10:17