1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Today I heard one of those sermons. One that was so powerful and challenging. Convicting. Piercing. I came up with several blog ideas and study topics from it. I asked God to narrow down what He wanted me to focus on right now. As usual, I was brought to a place I didn’t expect.
Are you in obedience or just agreement? God calls us to submit, not follow only when it makes sense and we like it.
Good point. I heard this visiting preacher say it (can’t recall his name, sorry) and I nodded. But that didn’t apply to me. I already know this.
Or do I?
How many of us clap, wave a hand (come on Pentecostals) or shout an “amen” thinking a point is great or hoping the person you came with hears it?! But then we discover the preacher is talking about us.
Obedience vs agreement.
Do we obey God only when we feel like it or we agree with it?
If God is nudging us to do something and it’s comfortable for us or it agrees with our position, it isn’t a true test of our obedience.
Obedience means submission. Walking out God’s commands whether we want to or not. Even if it’s inconvenient. No matter the cost.
If we only obey God when we want to, we aren’t living in submission to Him. Our spiritual relationship is based on agreement or human wisdom.
We must rest in God’s wisdom, not our own. Human wisdom applied to spiritual things…just isn’t. We can’t figure out spiritual matters through fleshly logic no more than we can use a thermometer to measure a weight of something. It’s entirely different with unique functions.
How many of us wives submit to our husbands joyfully when we agree but won’t (or do it begrudgingly) if we disagree? I understand, I’m not perfect either. But in order to be one flesh, we must sometimes submit and force a smile out of love. (Of course within legal, biblical boundaries. I’m not advocating abuse.)
God has showed me there’s times when out of mistrust and fear that I won’t fully obey. Or I’ll delay it. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Obedience is submission even when I am afraid or it’s challenging.
Today, and everyday, you have a choice. Obedience or agreement. Godly wisdom or human wisdom.
Choose well and receive all the blessings God has for you.
Joshua 1:8 ESV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.