Lent 2019 | Day 16: The Daring of Obedience

We don’t use the word “daring” very often anymore. But it is an interesting word. Merriam-Webster defines it this way: “venturesomely bold in action or thought.”

Obedience, when we speak of it in reference to God, is an act of daring. It is daring to read the Scriptures and submit to its teaching. It is daring to live in community with other believers and seek to walk in peace and holiness. It is daring to forsake your own desires for the sake of those whom God has called you to serve.

When I think about obedience it really is bold action. It takes courage to fight for consistency. It takes the strength of will to see the difficult choices in front of you and embrace the consequences of doing the right thing.

The more I explore this idea of obedience, the more I realized how little I understood the implications of it. It takes time to work through our fear and our anxieties. It takes time to understand the value of submission to God’s will. It takes time because we are limited in our ability to see every aspect of the road in front of us. But, we can see the road. We can know that we are on the right path. The question we all have to face is this: will we give ourselves the freedom to enjoy the journey? Even with the potholes and obstacles we will encounter along the way?

I hope you will.

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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, and author. I am an avid Cubs fan and a lover of Chicago-style Deep Dish pizza.

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