"What good is obedience, anyway?" We may all have questioned obedience in our lives, weighing the alternatives, considering our next move. Whatever our thoughts have been in the past, the time to obey God in our lives is now. We can all begin again.
When I was a very little girl growing up in a single alcoholic parent household, I had a lot of things to consider. Personal choices had to be made in my little mind about what was right and wrong. I remember specifically deciding one day that it would be best for me to run away and leave home. I was an only child. I was probably about 5 years old. Things had gotten to the point where I felt that I could not handle living at home anymore. Somewhere in my short memory I had seen or heard of someone leaving home and packing everything they owned in a tied up handkerchief, tying it to a stick, propping it on their shoulder and heading out–so that’s what I did. With my tied cloth and stick, I walked to the road. I lived two lots from the city’s main street—not the safest place for a 5 year old to begin a new life on their own. As I stood on the sidewalk, I was faced with a choice. I thought, "Mom always told me not to go this way, " as I looked down the street. As I looked the other direction, I thought, "Mom always told me not to go this way, either." Under the weight of possible disobedience, I decided that I could go nowhere without directly disobeying the rules. Feeling defeated, I walked back to the house and back to my problems, yet away from dangers I could never have imagined at that age. God protected me.
The Bible gives us many examples of the wisdom of obedience. II Chronicles tells us of King Hezekiah: "In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple, and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered." (II Chronicles 31:21)
Sometimes, as an adult, things have seemed hard to endure. The thought of "packing the handkerchief and grabbing the stick" in a given situation has looked, for brief moments, like a good choice. On second thought, it may have been that God’s word had told me "not to go this way," and "do not go that way." Wisdom called for me to obey.
Am I seeking God in everything that I do? Am I working wholeheartedly? In everything that I undertake in serving God, am I obeying His commands?
Do I really have an obedient heart?