We obey the doctor when we are told to take medication for our alignment. We obey the law to get a driver’s license or register our dog. We obey the contracts we sign to have access to the Internet or television provider. So why do we struggle with obeying God’s Word, God’s calling on our life?
You see throughout the Old Testament…
God using Moses to encourage the people to obey His covenant (Exodus 19:5) and when he, Moses, shared the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). In Leviticus “…you must obey my regulations… (18:4, 5, 26, 30) “…you must obey my instructions…” (18:30). Joshua carried on the encouragement to obey (Joshua 1:7). And when Solomon sought wisdom from God, he got the instruction to “…follow me and obey my decrees and my commands…” (1 Kings 3:14).
Ok, you get the picture, but lets look at the New Testament, where Jesus made it more personal.
Matthew 7:26 “…But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand…”. OK, hope that got your attention. Luke 1:6 “Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.” Do you know what they are? Luke 8:19-21 “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you.” Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.” Are you a brother or sister of Jesus?
Proverbs 7:2-3 “Obey my (God’s) commands and live! Guard my (God’s) instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers (Post-It Note on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror, or door) as a reminder. Write them deep (down) within your heart (and your mind). (NLT with a little emphasis) The deeper they are the quicker they come out of your mouth. Yes that sounded odd, but true.
Now it’s your turn.
Find what it takes for YOU to remember God’s commands and instructions, then implement them so that YOU can do a better job at obeying HIM.