Godly Obedience

What is the saying that starts, “The best laid plans…”? Such has been my life for the past several weeks. Without going into details, I have been more or less flattened by my asthma. However, I do have a praise report to share: other than the asthma, the rest of my life is going really, really well! My spirits are good, I am resting well, I remain gainfully employed, and apart from the asthma, my health is really quite good.

I find that I am actually enjoying this time of extended reflection brought about by California’s shelter-in-place mandate. It’s nice to know that the Lord has essentially taken the “hurry” out of all of our lives, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, is it?

As for me, I find that I am able to spend more time reading and ideating, and I recently moved forward with a big idea that I had been prayerfully contemplating for the past six to nine months. Only this week did I finally sense the nudge from the Holy Spirit, prompting me to take the next decisive step. Having received the green light from Him, I decided to go for it, and I have been very pleased with how things have been going thus far (asthma and all).

This brings me to today’s verse from John 14, which was part of my devotional reading today (if anyone else is following The One Year Bible reading plan from YouVersion, then you would have come across this verse in your Scriptural travels today, too). I paused as I contemplated the connection between our profession of love to the Lord, balanced with our obedience to all that He tells us to do. The Lord isn’t subtle about it:

If you love Me, then you will keep My commandments.

There is no half-stepping around this one, is there? If we love the Lord, then we will do what He says. End of story. Put the other way, if we do not do what He says, can we truly say that we love Him? (I’ll allow you to ponder that one on your own)

The application in my own life was very clear and convicting. Here I had been contemplating this new enterprise for most of the past year, and yet I hesitated. Was I ready? What if I was not successful? What if the timing was off? And again, am I read? The questions continued to whirl in my mind.

Finally, this week, the clear guidance came: You are ready, and now is the time. Go.

Now understand me clearly: I did not audibly hear the Lord utter these words to me. It was more of a sense of conviction and a sensation that the Holy Spirit was giving me the ideas, words, and energies to propel my idea forward.

So I just went with it. And you know what? The whole thing was remarkably. Suddenly, resources that I did not know existed were at my fingertips, and the steps that stymied me earlier suddenly became clear. Isn’t it funny how the Lord works?

If you love Me, then you will keep My commandments.

It all begins and ends with love, no? And love is inextricably tied to obedience, when you stop and think about it. To borrow a quote from Charles Stanley, “obey God and leave all of the consequences to Him”. I can testify that although following the path of obedience can be challenging and occasionally fraught with unexpected pitfalls, we are able to climb to heights that we never before would have experienced without the Lord’s leading. ‘Tis a sweet view, indeed.

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7 thoughts on “Godly Obedience

  1. Encouraging message. Amen to “Now understand me clearly: I did not audibly hear the Lord utter these words to me. It was more of a sense of conviction and a sensation that the Holy Spirit was giving me the ideas, words, and energies to propel my idea forward.”

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  2. A sweet view, indeed!
    I love that verse, “If you love Me, then you will keep My commandments.” It took me a while to understand His deeper meaning. At first I thought it was a command, that I had to prove my love for Him by obeying. My understanding now is more along the lines of, As I love Him, I will want more and more to obey Him because everything He tells me to do is for my blessing, as well as giving Him glory.
    So glad to see that you are doing well, under His Hand, and receiving blessing upon blessing.

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    1. So well said, Kathy! Yes, it is our heart — our sincere desire to obey the Lord — that He wants, not mere “eyeservice” (what the KJV says, no?).

      I am doing alright! The asthma and I are, that is. 🙂

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  3. I am not following the year plan you are reading but as you know the way I read my Bible I read it all the way through each year. And guess what verse I read today, typed up, and scheduled to post in the future. This very verse 🙂 What a blessing that you are finding the path the LORD wants for you right now. This is a blessing for you and a blessing for me to read 🙂

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