Story of the day: Obedience leads to life
Jeff and I have been waiting to hear from the military about our upcoming move. As badly as we would love to go to San Antonio and have been praying to get there this summer, there may be a chance that we may not get it. I have gone over this many times in my head and my little mind can’t grasp or understand sometimes the plans that God has for us. I have faith that we will get there someday and I know that we will have a church there, but God’s timing is everything. He goes before us and sees things that we can’t and knows the things that we need in order to do what He is asking of us.
As I try to hear God’s voice in this matter, my heart is torn, because as much as I desire to be in San Antonio, God’s needs come first and to be obedient to His calling is so much more important than trying to do things on my own. And even still, I look at my kiddos and their longing to want to be in one area longer than 2 years still weighs heavy on me. I pray to God for peace in helping me and them understand what God is asking of our family and that we can see the bigger picture for I know that what He has in store is so much better! I know that my obedience to God will far outweigh my performance in anything that I try to accomplish on my own.
I was reading an article in Discipleship Journal written by Susan Maycinik and her take on Obedience hit home. She says: The line between obedience and performance can be a blurry one. Yet it is an important distinction to grasp, because obedience leads to life, and performance to death…
Obedience is seeking God with your whole heart. Performance is having quiet time because you’ll feel guilty if you don’t.
Obedience is finding ways to let the Word of God dwell in you richly. Performance is quickly scanning a passage so you can check it off your Bible reading plan.
Obedience is inviting guests to your home for dinner. Performance is feeling anxious about whether every detail of the meal will be perfect.
Obedience is following God’s prompting to start a small group. Performance is reluctance to let anyone else lead the group because they might not do as well as you would.
Obedience is doing your best. Performance is wanting to be your best.
Obedience is saying yes to whatever God asks of you. Performance is saying yes to whatever people ask of you.
Obedience is following the promptings of God’s Spirit. Performance is following a list of man-made requirements.
Obedience springs from fear of God. Performance springs from fear of failure.
As Jeff and I sit and wait patiently on God for the next journey that He has planned for us, I am resting in His promise that his yoke is easy, and his burden light, and no matter where we go, He will use us for His purpose, if we are obedient to what He is asking of us.
Quote of the day: Peter Bulkeley
“If God be God over us, we must yield Him universal obedience in all things. He must not be over us in one thing, and under us in another, but He must be over us in everything.”
Bible verse of the day: 1 John 5:3
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
As much as I desire to be in San Antonio this year, Father, I know that You see things that we don’t. You know what’s best for your Kingdom and our family. Father, I will be obedient to what You are asking of me and I will follow with an open heart, mind, and soul. I have total trust and faith in You to take care of my family and I won’t be disappointed with whatever decision You think is best for us. Thank You for watching over us and for caring for us enough to lead us down Your path, and wherever You take us, that is where Your church will be. I thank You for this blessed day!
In Jesus Name I pray,