Dilemma of Obedience

This is not about works or grace in the current contextual understanding. It is about hearing the Lord speak to us in our present day lives. Oswald Chambers has this to say:

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9). Every time circumstances press in on you, say, “Speak, Lord,” and make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline— it is meant to bring me to the point of saying, “Speak, Lord.” Think back to a time when God spoke to you. Do you remember what He said? Was it Luke 11:13 , or was it 1 Thessalonians 5:23? As we listen, our ears become more sensitive, and like Jesus, we will hear God all the time.

As Christians, we become so enraptured with the doctrinal disputations of one another that we fail to see the simple message and blessings that are inherit with following Christ. The Psalmist says that the man of God meditates upon the Law of God day and night (Psalm 1). Today, Christians meditate upon the words of God breathed through the scriptures that he has provided. These scriptures contain the message of God; as revealed to men that He has called. This is the dilemma of obedience. We forget to listen and ask the Lord to speak to us. Here is where personal revelation comes alive and where we learn to walk in obedience to the voice and will of God.

In order for us to walk in obedience to the will and desire of our Heavenly Father, we must approach with an open heart and mind – asking the Lord to speak and then take a moment to listen for His voice and direction. It is the husband and wife who come together and say “Speak Lord” and await their own revelation to continue to deepen their faith and devotion. It is the son or daughter who comes to the alter of prayer and says, “Speak Lord”, and await revelation in how they go about their pathway toward academic pursuits and potential careers. It is the recovering alcoholic and addict that comes to the alter and say, “Speak Lord” and then receive their own revelation in how they are able to be empowered to surrender their own powerlessness over the type of addiction they are suffering. It is the pastor who comes before God and says, “Speak Lord” and then awaits for revelation in how to speak to and instruct the congregation he Shepard’s.

Availing ourselves to not only ask the Lord to speak but also to receive revelation and instruction shatters the dilemma of obedience. For it is through our obedience to the revelation God spoken to us that we walk in faith and accomplish His will and desire.

Today, are you asking the Lord to speak into your heart and life and awaiting His revelation for your life?