The School of Obedience
True, genuine obedience is an act born out of love. It flows from a desire to show our Lord and Savior our respect and worship by submitting our lives to Him.
Moses, like us, had to learn the lessons of obedience. And like us, often he did not pass with flying colors the first time. Because of uncontrolled anger, he had to flee Egypt. But God would later ask Moses to return to deliver the Israelites from bondage.
At first Moses did not want to obey. He had all kinds of excuses, such as not being qualified for the task and not being a good speaker. In the wilderness, Moses continued his education in the school of obedience. Some lessons he passed right away; others he failed and had to repeat.
Sound familiar? Do you feel like you are learning the same lesson over and over because you have not quite grasped it? Are you still holding on to your insecurities, fears, and uncertainties? Are you obedient in some areas and rebellious in others?
You can't rely on your own strength to graduate from the school of obedience. Instead, place your trust in the great Teacher. If you are willing to surrender your will, God will change your life. Your submission to Him will be a demonstration of your love and devotion. The most precarious thing is to try to live without being obedient to the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, please teach me obedience and lead me on Your path. Forgive me for the times I have disobeyed You. My desire is to love and respect You in my words and my actions. Thank you for your forgiveness and guidance. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"If anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him" (1 John 2:5).