When I was a kid, there were a few times when my parents asked me to do something and I was bold enough to ask, “Why?” Immediately following the “stare of death” (which caused my short life to flash before my eyes), I heard this response: “Because I said so”. And that really settled the situation, because for my parents, you really had no option but to be obedient- whether you understood the “why” or not.
As an adult, a former teacher, and a parent- I can now see both sides of this. There are times when I need my little one to just do what I say- without question (whether it’s because I need for us to get somewhere on time, or I need to make something happen, or because she really just needs to understand that you do what you are told). At the same time, I do believe that it’s important to understand the “why”- and as much as possible, I try to explain that as well. It’s a delicate balance, that I haven’t completely mastered but that I’m working on daily.
This morning, I could tell that my little one was not particularly happy with the outfit that I selected for her to wear to school. Sometimes this results in conversation, other times it doesn’t. Today, though it showed on her face that she wasn’t excited about her outfit, she put on the clothes without question and we were able to continue with our routine. As I reflected on that while I was getting dressed, I realized that her response to her discontentment was a lesson for me. There are many times when God tells me to do things, and my tendency is to wonder why (or ask why, or drag my feet, or mull over when I plan to do it). If I’m going to be a successful, mature believer, I need to master doing things because God says so. Though I may not like it, I need to do what I’m asked to do without question.
Obedience is greater than sacrifice, and disobedience oftentimes leads to HAVING to sacrifice. One of the best things that I can do in my walk with God is to be obedient, and trust that while I may not understand the “why” now, it will be revealed to me later. And even if it’s NOT revealed to me later, the real test is in my willingness to be obedient to what I’ve been told- because He said so.
Do you struggle with being obedient to the things that God tells you? Let me encourage you to be obedient- there are some doors that are only opened for you, some blessings that are only received because of your obedience. Be open and willing to do what He says, because He says so.
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!