Being Obedient to God
Where did your ideas for proper choices originate? They can come from many sources: parents, caregivers, teachers in school and church, friends from childhood and adulthood. We learn how to make choices from the Bible. We learn from the example of other Christians.
There is occasionally the temptation to disobey. Things seem so simple as long as we obey. The Israelites were reminded of the consequences of disobedience. God’s punishment resulted in a lack of security, lack of fruitfulness of body and the earth, and lack of abundance of cattle and food.
It is good for Christians who live as a forgiven people to be reminded of God’s righteous anger. It pulls us out of our self-made little worlds. The concept pulls us up short as we drift into indifference and apathy. It’s sort of like being startled awake by a loud noise. We are reminded of the consequences for disobedience. Obeying God does matter.
—Rev. Donna Heflin
- What message does the way you live your life give to those who are formulating their ideas of proper choices in life?
- How does obeying God matter to your personally?
- How have you learned what God expects from us as an obedient people? How have you practiced that obedience?
- Have there been times in your life that you have been startled into recognizing your own disobedience? Did your life change?
How Do I Act?
- Take time to thank those people who have taught you what God expects from an obedient people. You may want to do something special for them like help with some specific project or take them out to lunch. Make it a point to continue this practice on a regular basis.
- Think of times in your life when you have paid the consequences for a decision. Reflect on how that made you feel. How did you handle the situation and how could you have handled it better? Think about what you might do to protect yourself from making that same mistake again.
- Consider the environment. How are we, and will future generations, pay the consequences for the way we live our lives? For example, think of the number of people you know with respiratory problems possibly the result of their environment. What can you do to make a difference?
- Practice your obedience to God. Begin a regular time of meditation so that you can first hear what God is asking of you. Then begin doing the things to which you feel God is leading you. These things may be big or small. However, the more your meditation becomes a habit, the more likely you will be hearing and doing God’s will for your life in all things.