The Lord desires our obedience, but He never demands it. The choice is ours!
Charles Spurgeon wrote, "The first thing God requires of His child is obedience." But human nature often rebels against obedience.
The Bible is full of examples of individuals who disobeyed God. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Lot's wife blatantly looked back to see the destruction of Sodom. Jonah refused to go to Nineveh. Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it as God commanded.
We all can remember incidents when we have disobeyed -- whether it was against an authority figure, a law of the land, or a Biblical principle. Most likely, we even remember our punishment or the consequences we suffered. The act of disobedience brings guilt, sadness, and shame.
There is no long-lasting pleasure in getting our own way. It brings grief to our heavenly Father because He longs for us to walk with Him. Our disobedience separates us from Him. Yet God extends His grace toward us even when we disobey His Word. Therefore, our response should be to seek His forgiveness with a repentant heart and to learn from the consequences of our disobedience.
The choice of obedience is blessed with a heart filled with joy and peace. No matter how you may be ridiculed or how hard it may be to follow God's guidance, obedience is its own reward.
Jesus lived a life of obedience. His earthly ministry was to do the will of His Father. However, He did have a choice and He said, "Not my will, but yours" (Luke 22:42). The Lord desires our obedience, but He never demands it. The choice is ours. Commit your life to Christ. He will enable you to walk in obedience.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to delight in Your will and to walk in Your ways -- for Your glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws" (Psalm 119:30).