Just Obey

It’s summer camp season, and I’m sure many of us can remember those catchy tunes and little games that made up our childhood summers. HELPING at said Bible camps means you hear those Bible songs at least a few times a day, accompanied by the voices of rowdy children and worn-out volunteers. One song in particular that’s sung at camps I’ve been to involves standing up and spelling “O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E” during the chorus. And though it is a children’s song, I believe more and more that these songs we teach young ones have a great lesson we need to relearn all the time, no matter how spiritually mature one is:

When God asks us to obey,
it is not a matter of debate,
but an opportunity to say “yes” to Him.

Do you recall the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22? God asked Abraham to do something that seemed absurd, crazy, and, quite frankly, in his own estimation…wrong. God didn’t ask Abraham to give up something that could be easily regenerated or replaced. He asked him to give up that which was most precious to him. I’m sure there was an inner struggle over this and questions that swirled in his head, but whatever they were, Abraham chose to trust God over his feelings. Early the next day he went and obeyed God. He trusted. This was an opportunity to say “yes” to God. Of course, as we learn later, God made a way so that Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice his son, through His provision.

Is there something in your life God is asking you to obey Him in?

It’s easier to let go of things that are obviously harmful or sinful (though sometimes still tough), but letting go of things that seem precious and close to our hearts is much more difficult.

But God doesn’t call us to what is  e a s y .
He calls us to  H I M S E L F .

One verse of the children’s song I mentioned goes like this:

Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe
Doing exactly what the Lord commands, doing it happily
Action is the key: do it immediately, joy you will receive
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe

In whatever God is asking you to obey Him, trust His heart. He wants to draw you closer to Him and to show you more of His character through it. Others will be encouraged and God will receive glory in it.

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct… | 1 Peter 1:13-15

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