times of transition
Recently my pastor preached on a word that has been on my heart for quite sometime. Obedience. Such a simple word. We use it all the time. We talk about how our children need to obey. We talk about obeying the law. We even use obedience when talking about our pets. But do we really understand its importance, especially when we are talking about Christianity. Do we really grasp the importance of obeying what God wants us to do. So, I pose a simple question….
Will you do what God asks or won’t you?
When he asks us to deny ourselves and follow after him, will we lay down the things that separate us from God? Will we do the things that seem strange, crazy, or that put us out of our comfort zone? What if what He is asking is hard? Even when it is terribly hard will we obey? I hope our answer is yes, though I know far too often our answer is no. We may not completely understand that we are saying no, but if we are not walking in God’s will, then that is exactly what we are saying.
The bible tells us if we love God then we will obey, sounds simple enough right? But yet we don’t always obey. Maybe we are scared. Maybe we are unsure of what we are hearing. Maybe we are just selfish. Whatever the reason, the reason really is not the issue. Jesus lived to make the Father happy and glad. That is what we should do. If you are a parent, you know that is what you want from your child. You want obedience. And you want obedience not because you are a big, mean parent. You want obedience, because you want what is best for your child. Well, church, that is why God wants obedience.
Obedience is about love. Obedience is about God’s love for us and our love for him. We become obedient when we love what the Father loves. Because we value what the Father values. Our Lord God is perfect in all ways. The things He wants for us are better than anything we can imagine. He wants us to obey because He sees the whole picture and knows what is waiting for us on the other side of obedience.
At the end of the day, it may look strange. It most likely will be uncomfortable and even hard at first. But the more you obey, the more of God’s presence you will see in your life and the quicker and easier it will become to obey. But easy is relative. No one said it was suppose to be easy. In fact the Word says the way is narrow. But it comes down to this, we are called to obey.
So the questions becomes and easy one.
Will I or won’t I? My way or God’s way? My will or God’s will?
How about it church? Where are we at? Our will, or God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven? So church, I ask you. Will we or won’t we?
I have four kids, and have been in waiting rooms too many times to count. Even in today’s waiting room with the TVs and endless stack of magazines, it is still not a place you want to be. In reality, I don’t think there is anyone who enjoys just waiting. Whether it is at a red light, waiting for that microwave lunch dinner, or waiting for Friday’s paycheck, most of us are impatient and waiting just is not our strong suit.
I am currently in a season of waiting. Waiting on God’s timing for several things in my life and in my opinion waiting is hard! The thought of waiting of God’s timing is a simple thought, but just because something is simple, does not make it easy. Most of the time when we are waiting it is because God is getting us ready. Ready for what He has for us, and so we will be the person He needs us to be to handle what he has. In this type of season, a season of transition, there are several things we need to be careful of. We need to make sure we don’t run ahead of God. We need to make sure we don’t take God’s plans for us into our own hands. And we need to remind ourselves that God’s ways are not our ways. God’s plans for us are often bigger than we can see for ourselves. So if you are in a season of waiting, be encouraged! God’s will win out and in His timing all things will come together. In the meantime, enjoy the moments for they will never come again and know that you are protected and given the strength to wait.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The eagle soars on the mountain high
You too can soar and learn to fly
All that is within you, let it be free
They’re no restrictions, not even the ones you think you see
Your spirit flies high above on the wind
Your pride stays grounded, not knowing how to bend
The choice is yours, to fail to succeed,
It is up to you, either way you will bleed
Goals are set forth for some to achieve,
It is for you, if only you believe
Some people wait to follow not wanting to lead,
They wait endlessly and never succeed
But you that is not, for you that will never be,
Your spirit will lead you, for it has always been free
Though days may pass, have no fear
Your spirit flies high on the mountain and there is no fear here
Your day is coming, just around the bend
Victory is waiting, that is the stories’ end
Here is the answer, here is the way
Trust God and talk to him each and every day
And be all you can be, soar to great heights
Become an eagle and join the eagle’s flight