God will never require us to do or be anything He hasn’t enabled us to do or empowered us to be. Obedience to God is essential to doing and living in the will of God and being blessed by God. Obedience is doing what God says to do, how God says to do it and when He says to do it. True, obedience isn’t always easy, but it is undoubtedly the best way.
“He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”” – Luke 11:28 (NIV)
God Must Be the Ultimate Authority in Our Lives
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.” – Deuteronomy 10:17 (NIV)
I remember as a child, having received my first bike and just learning how to ride, I couldn’t wait to get home from school everyday so I could hop atop my pink and white tasseled Huffy and ride the day away. There were only a few rules: behome when the street lights came on and never ride beyond the courtyard. For a while I was more than satisfied with that. But as I grew more experienced, the training wheels came off and all of my friends ventured off beyond the street lights and returned with tales of imagination and discovery I longed to go further. Yet, whenever they would ask me to join I’d always decline. Not because I didn’t want to but because I knew my mother and father were the ultimate authority in my life. Even though, in disobeying my parents they may or may not have ever found out, I couldn’t help but know it just wasn’t worth the risk.
In the same way, if we seek to be obedient to God we must know Him as the supreme authority in our lives. And unlike the parents of a 6 year old child, He is the God who knows all and sees all. Yes, God gives us choice,the choice to obey or disobey His commands. But when we believe God to be ultimate, above and before all things in our lives; including our desires, our feelings or the persuasion of others and this world, we can’t help but know disobedience just isn’t worth the risk.