All of us can remember when we were obedient when we didn’t want to. Our parents made us comply. We did it, not because we wanted to, but because they demanded it. Either out of respect or fear, we responded outwardly the way they wanted. But inside, there was a rebellion in our hearts.
Christians are like that, sometimes, our behavior has those same childlike emotions. We comply, but not without hurt feelings. Other times, we express our dissatisfied opinions. Church splits happen over instances like this. Feelings never to be reconciled.
Godly obedience isn’t always easy, but it is still right. The Lord has given us specific instructions in the Bible. A heart, in fellowship with God, will do as He directs. We may not understand why at the time. But “we know that all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). Even though we might not know why we trust God’s instructions, that’s faith in action. Do what He wants when we don’t know His why.
Christ was doing His Father’s will on the cross. It was there the Lord was paying the ultimate price for our sins. The Messiah was doing what was necessary, so we could have our sins forgiven. In obedience, Jesus sacrificed Himself for us. When He was doing so, Jesus felt deserted. Our Lord even cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34 NKJV). Obedience isn’t always explainable, but you know in your heart, it is right.
Doing what is honest before God is always best, understanding isn’t necessary, but compliance is. Faith is hard sometimes, but it’s still for the best both now and all eternity.
When we don’t understand God’s whys, we need to realize the understanding will come sometime. But the act of obedience is desired behavior. Sooner or later, we will be glad we agreed with God. It’s always best to honor God in all things! Did Moses understand why he was to hold his hands up at the Red Sea? He did it, and God parted the sea. Abraham didn’t understand the offering of Isaac, but he did it. What Abraham found out is that God always supplies grace. If we can be obedient to God and follow His divine instructions, we will experience God’s provision.
He never fails. He will never ask His children to do something He is not there to support. That’s how our God works. He is always faithful. Always.