As the years continue to march, I find myself reflecting more. Looking back over my life and wanting to make better decisions today than I did yesterday. I want to become a better person. But this process is complicated by my tendency to shy away from my mistakes. I don’t know too many people that find self-reflection easy to do. It is hard work.
With this in mind, I have started the realized of late, that part of the reason I struggle with obedience is that I tend to see it as restrictive and burdensome. When we look at obedience as a chore we can’t see how it produces in us the very things we want to see. Why do I say this? As a Christian, I want to live a life that is pleasing to God, but if I try to do that according to what I think is right, I will definitely get it wrong.
The only person in the entire universe that knows what will please God is God. God has spoken, and his desires for the world have been written down in the Scriptures. If we want to know what pleases him, then we have to conform our worldview and our life choices to what God has revealed. There is no way around this.
Obedience to God’s will (as it is contained in the Scripture) is the only way to please God. This is why I say that there is a sense of wonder in obedience. We keep wondering if God will be pleased with our obedience, and every time he is, we just keep wondering. Rather than staying skeptical, we should take God at his word. We should accept that obedience is pleasing to God and get on with living in obedience.