“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.” Deuteronomy 5:33
This 21 Days of Prayer has been one of the best I’ve ever experienced; taking me to new depths in my walk. But with these depths in drawing closer to God, come revelations. Some confirming, others convicting. If I had to sum them all up in one word, it’d be: OBEDIENCE.
Our family is about to step into one of the most challenging, uncertain and exciting seasons of our lives. An incredible adventure in our journey that will require absolute faith and complete trust as we follow God’s prompting.
On day 8 of Prayer, I received Deuteronomy 5:33 in a text. Immediately, I understood the relevance of it’s message. I believed it was another confirmation. However, the more I meditated on it I felt God was trying to tell me there was more to it, beyond confirmation. There was a message there; a lesson for me.
He began highlighting areas of my life that call for change in this upcoming season, in order to prepare our hearts; my heart. Things He’d already asked me to lay down before, that I hadn’t. They aren’t bad things or even worldly things. In fact, they’re good, godly things. But what He’s showing me is, just because they’re “good” things, or even “God” things, doesn’t mean they’re good FOR me or that they’re MY “God” things.
For the last several months I’ve had this underlying feeling that I shouldn’t be doing some of these “God” things for a while. I disregarded that feeling because I justified what I was doing was good and for the Lord. I was giving my time and talents to others to glorify Him. What I didn’t realize was by rejecting what was the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I was doing those things more for myself and others, than for Him. I never set out to be disobedient. I didn’t even realize that’s what I was doing. It was disobedience, all the same.
There were so many times I said ‘Yes’ when I should’ve said ‘No.’ But my perspective was skewed. If I was sacrificing my time and self for Him and others, then I was doing His work, right? So why not? Answer: Just because I “can” doesn’t mean I “should.” Especially, if He’s saying something else.
“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
By disobeying His prompting, I sabotaged myself and delayed my own blessing. Because blessings only come when we do as He commands; which is for our benefit to guide us into His plan for our lives.
Your “God” things are the only ones that will prosper you in all ways, allowing you to experience all He has for you.
The beautiful part in this is God knew I’d disobey in ignorance. Therefore, He’d use it to work together for my good and others,’ for His glory; giving me another opportunity to get it right.
We often find ourselves in circumstances that demand a response from God, who seems slow to answer. We fail to realize, He’s waiting on us to move first. So we ask, “How long is it going to take, God?” His response? “As long as it takes for you to listen and obey.” The two go hand in hand.
Obedience isn’t a natural response; it’s learned. It requires discipline and a willing spirit. Our natural response is to follow our feelings, regardless where they may lead us. We were born this way. From birth we come into this world with a self-serving will. It’s only by the guidance and cultivation of others who care for us, as our Father does, do we learn obedience. However, the enemy and our natural human nature will always be there to combat our desire to obey. It’ll come in forms that deceives us to the truth so we’ll compromise and justify our choices. Therefore, we must always be on guard, prepared to fight against as our flesh leads us and in turn listen to the Lord.
The only thing that stands between us and every blessing of God, is our willingness to obey.
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Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing and reading. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.