Obedience is Best
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
“The word of God hidden in the heart is a stubborn voice to suppress.”
~ Billy Graham
• It’s time to meet with your Jesus! Oh, how He loves you and me! Pray today for God to speak to your heart, and help you to feel His love–the wide and long and high and deep love of Jesus (Ephesians 3:18)!
• Read James 1:22 and write it in your journal. This verse says that it is God’s will for us to not only read the Word of God, He wants us to obey! Is it because God is mean? Is God an overlord who simply wants us to jump when he says jump, or be at his beck and call? The real reason is that His love for us runs deeper than any ocean, and as our Father, He knows what is absolutely best for us, and we can trust Him with everything in our lives.
• Read Psalm 131:1-3. What a beautiful passage of Scripture! King David wrote this. I love how he says “I do not concern myself with great matters, or things too wonderful for me.” Even though David was a busy man and powerful king, he saw himself as a child drawing close to his Father, content with the love of God.
Obedience is Best!
When I read the word of God, it helps me to understand the TRUTH of who I am. I am God’s daughter, a child to Him. He is the Great I Am, I am His little girl.
When He tells me to do something or not do something, it’s for my own benefit, just as I give my children rules and boundaries for their own good. If you can think of yourselves as a child with God, your relationship with Him will be happier. We are not perfect parents as God is, but we do truly love our children and want what is best for them like God does.
When our children obey what we tell them to do, it is for their own good. Even with our own human inadequacies, we care about our children and truly desire what’s best for them. We spend hours and hours teaching, loving, instructing, exhorting and of course praying for them. It’s our heart’s desire that our children obey us, and in doing so, they are happier and protected from temptation and danger.
Our relationship with God works the same way. You might be praying about a difficult situation, and when you read. your Bible, you read “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves,” (Romans 12:10) or, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up,” (James 4:10).
By the way, I hear these verses ALL the time when I read my Bible, so I think God may be trying to tell me something. God saying to me, “It’s not all about you Deb. You need to think about other people more than you think about yourself. Stop whining; you are SO blessed! Look at all of your blessings! Okay Deb, tell me five of your blessings that you are thankful for,” and it goes on and on.
I am being vulnerable right now because I want to make a point, God knows what is best for each one of us! You may hear His voice differently, but if you are listening, you certainly will hear Him.
We need to listen to what we read in Scripture, write it down, pray about it, and OBEY! We are always happier when we obey, and we receive the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Questions to Ponder
• If you journal, look back over your past few entries. Do you see a pattern in what God is speaking to you? Ask God to help you to understand what He is trying to tell you, and ask Him to give you the strength to obey what He is telling you to do.
• If you haven’t been keeping a journal, try to remember what Bible verses He has spoken to you the most lately. That is the God of the universe speaking to you! Obey what He tells you!
• When in doubt, obey the last thing that God told you to do!
Memorizing God’s Word will change your life! Just like today’s quote from Billy Graham says, when you hide God’s Word in your heart, you will be able to obey God easier because you will hear it when you need it, even without your Bible. Record James 1:22-25 on your phone voice recording app. Play this over and over until you learn this passage.
Talk to your children about how important it is for them to hide God’s Word in their heart so they can obey God and reap the rewards too! Let them take turns recording Psalm 119:11 on your phone. Talk about this verse together. When everyone has learned this verse, give them all a simple reward: play a fun game together, eat a piece of chocolate or candy, etc., or let them stay up 15 minutes past their bedtime. You do you! Whatever works for your family!
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If there was one thing Deb would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is dearly near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!