Don’t get me wrong, I understood that many religions tell you that you must obey God’s laws. And I was no different than many other children when I was required to obey my mother’s “laws” as well.
The fact is, as adults and as children, we understand that if we don’t follow the directions, rules, laws and guidance of those people in our lives who know better than us, then there will certainly be some consequences to our actions.
This is easy enough to understand- right?
But I confess I still did not get why obedience is important SPIRITUALLY.
It wasn’t until a recent conversation with a friend that I finally had an “ah ha” moment with regard to this topic.
So why is obedience so important in your “relationship” with God? Let me draw a little analogy to illustrate this point.
Let us say that we as parents to our children are similar to God as a “parent” to us. (Humor me for a second)
No I’m not insinuating that we are ALL knowing or anything. But when it comes to our understanding about the world, compared to our infant’s, toddler’s, and school aged children’s knowledge about the world you can see where this analogy is coming from.
Okay so here we go.
Parents = God in our children’s lives.
1. Obedience is important for protection.
One of the main things that God does for us is provide protection and provision in this life. He does this in so many ways I could not even begin to list, but the same is true for our kids.
As parents our primary physical role is to also provide and protect our young.
What would happen to our young children if they did not obey us?
Say your young child was about to step out into the street and a car was headed right for him. You yell at him to “STOP” and tell him to get back on the sidewalk. What happens if he is disobedient? What happens if he actually listens and follows your directions?
We have a similar spiritual relationship with God.
How often do we pray for God’s divine protection and provision, but fail to “listen” and follow His guidance.
I believe God wants only the best for us. He wants to protect us and see us do well. But obedience is important to actually obtaining God’s protection and provision.
2. Obedience is important to us living our BEST lives
We have a covenant with God. That is to say that God promises certain things IF and WHEN we promise to do certain other things.
I’m not suggesting that we go “tit for tat” with God. But what I am saying is that we cannot hope to live the fullness of our lives, and manifest our deepest desires, without DOING the things that will get us there.
I believe that if you ask something of God, that is to say you pray/petition God for something, he says YES.
BUT God can’t do anything FOR you that He cannot do THROUGH you.
So that means that you can have ANYTHING you want, but YOU have to be the one to work for it.
Sometimes that means you have to change in ways that make you uncomfortable. Sometimes that means you have to stop doing other things that are blocking you from your blessings.
But when God asks you to change or DO you have to be obedient to that call.
3. Obedience is important to faith and surrender.
The interesting thing about getting to know yourself though God is that you one day come to the realization that you are NOT in control.
What? Me not in control of MY life? Oh wait, that’s right, MY life is God’s life. Oops.
Sure on a physical level, you control your thoughts. You control you actions. BUT God controls the details of your journey.
I’ve said before, that God is like GPS. You set the destination, but God orders your steps.
And I find this to be so true.
In order to achieve anything of greatness you have to step out on faith and surrender to God knowing that ALL is well right now and ALL is well in the future.
Just like when you are driving somewhere using your GPS you have to understand that so long as you are clear about where you want to go, that piece of technology will tell you how to get there – turn by turn.
You don’t control the detail of your trip because YOU DON’T KNOW ENOUGH about where you’re going to plan the details.
If you knew all the ins and outs of your journey, what would you need the GPS for?
The same is true with God.
You may know that you want to become a successful business owner. Or that you want to be a mother of a large family. Or that you want to help the under-served population have a better life.
Those are lovely dreams and goals.
BUT and this is a BIG BUT……..you will never accomplish those goals in the best and biggest way unless you first let go of your control and have just a little faith that God is working ALL things out for your BEST good.
You have to be able to sit back and listen to the guidance that is God and move accordingly to achieve big things.
While obedience is important, it is certainly not the easiest thing to put into practice.
Personally, sometimes God tells me to do things and I have no clue why. Me in my shortsightedness, cannot see the purpose to some of the things I have been called to do.
But what I have found is that after a while, sometimes a few weeks or months, and sometimes a few years, the reason behind the guidance is made clear.
So as much as I hated when my mother told me to do things as child just because “she said so”, I do carry out my tasks gladly that God tell me to just because “He said so”.
Is obedience important to you in your spiritual path?