Friday June 11, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Obeying God: The Learning Process
Hebrews 5:7-9 (NIV)
On long road trips in unfamiliar places, we can start wondering if we are traveling in the right direction. Following God's will can seem like this too. The Lord may reveal His plan to us, but the steps to achieving it are not always apparent. To learn obedience requires moving ahead at God's signal, even when the way is not clear.
As we travel along this path of obedience, we will most likely experience conflict. Challenges could arise because what we think or want is contrary to God's plan. Or there could be conflict between God's values and the world's. (2 Corinthians 7:5) We who are children of light must be willing to suffer conflict - we have to move through it and obey.
A life of obedience also includes submitting to earthly authorities. (Romans 13:1) God has given some people jurisdiction over us so that we can learn what it means to obey. Obedience likewise requires learning submission to God. (Hebrews 12:9) God's way is perfect. We are to surrender our desires to His, even when we do not understand or when the cost seems too high. Finally, to learn obedience requires a willingness to accept divine chastisement. None of us live a perfect life, and we go off course daily. God, out of His great love, will discipline us in order to turn us back toward Him. (Hebrews 12:6-7 NIV)
Although there is a learning curve for obedience, God has equipped us with His Spirit to teach us, and He expects us to master our lessons. What kind of student are you?
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