June 23, 2017

The Path of Obedience

Have you ever felt weary of doing what you know God wants you to do? Maybe you’re not seeing the results you hoped for, or maybe it’s just a whole lot harder than you thought it would be.

I totally get it.

The past few years it’s been so easy to get discouraged and wearied at trudging the same path day after day, feeling like we’re never making progress. Never finding those green pastures and still waters and pleasant places. Never reaching the peak and starting the easy downhill slope, just ever trudging upward and onward.

But God keeps reminding me to not just trust Him but also to obey Him. To keep walking with Him down the path that He called us to. Because He commands it, and those who love Him keep His commands. And because He rewards it, in His own perfect timing and His own perfect way, exceedingly abundantly above what we can ask or think:

“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit … I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.”
[Leviticus 26:3-4, 11-12]

There’s ten whole verses there, describing the amazing blessings God bestows on those who obey and keep His commands. They speak of prosperity, security, safety, peace, victory, fruitfulness… and best of all, they promise that God Himself will dwell with the one who lives in obedience to Him.

So what’s that hard thing that God called you to do, that you’re growing weary of stumbling through? What’s that journey He wants you to make, that mountain He wants you to climb, that valley He wants you to travel through?

Keep on keeping on. Keep obeying Him, though the path seems long and dreary. Keep walking where He wants you to go, though the way seems overgrown with rocks and thorns. Keep obeying Him

because He always blesses obedience, though it is in His own timing and His own way. We may not see the blessings, the progress on our path or the heights we are attaining, for some time. We may not experience the thrills we were hoping for. We may be weary of the difficulties. But if we keep on obeying, keep on doing whatever it is He’s called us to do, we will reap His blessing. We will please Him, and that will bring the highest joy and peace to our lives. We will honor Him, and in return He will bless us.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey!