But this command I gave them, 'Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way I command you, that it may be well with you.' (Jeremiah 7:23 ESV)
The Bible defines disobedience as any choice that is contrary to what God has instructed. We have many choices, and there will always be people and situations that cross our paths and tempt us to behave disobediently because we are more concerned with our own free-will and well-being. I certainly have a tendency to yield to my own self-will instead of surrendering to God’s will. But God our Father doesn’t want us to consider His will an option! He has sacrificed a lot to forgive us of our disobedience, be we should never take advantage of His grace by continuing to disobey Him! As Christians, we will all have our crosses to bear as we attempt to follow Christ every day. Even in the most unpleasant situations that we encounter, we have a responsibility that we must choose and accept to be transformed by God’s grace and live a life worthy of all that He has done for us. We must choose to do it God’s way. :)
- Why do we disobey God? Why do we resist? If we are not obedient to His words and direction in our lives then it characterizes our lack of faith and trust in Him. We must show our trust in Him in every single situation and believe He has the right solution for any situation in our life.
- Why do we have trouble listening to Him? I am so independent and want to do things my way, and sometimes listening and trusting Him is tough stuff but it’s important! The sooner we open our hearts to God, and trust Him with what we cannot control ourselves, the better things will be for us.
- How can we correct what is lacking in our obedience to God? By listening to His command to make radical changes in our lives, and resist the urge to be defensive. If we trust in His word, it will change our hearts and direct our lives.
It’s so important that we commit to total obedience, immediate obedience and wholehearted obedience to the things of God. We need to immerse ourselves in it and apply it to our lives, because the only way to find peace and rest for our souls is to walk on God’s path and do it His way.
“Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)
~Linking up with Tracy on Winsome Wednesday~