What if you obey God and you don’t get what you want?
Note: If you enjoy and want to apply this post to your life, please read until the end for scripture and discussion questions. Please comment and share.
Obedience as a means to a self-absorbed end may not be a good idea.
ie. Submit to my spouse to see them love me using my love language.
We must ask ourselves are we serving or obeying God for our personal gain (which isn’t obedience at all) or are we obeying God for his glory?
Not for his promises, not for a turn around in our lives, not for applause, not for any reason other than the fact that God is our Lord, knows what’s best for us, and he is worthy of praise and obedience. If we claim to follow him, we must lovingly follow his command and leave what the results of obedience look like up to God.
We must trust that God knows the desires of our hearts and the needs within our lives. He loves us too much to ignore them but he loves us too much to give us something at the wrong time.
You eat baby food before you eat steak because at a young age, you can choke on it. You have to wait until circumstances accommodate what you want to do. Given time, the right type of teeth for steak appear and it’s no longer a health hazard. Likewise, given time you develop the character necessary to handle what you’ve prayed for, and at the perfect time God blesses you.
So when we obey, we must keep in mind who God really is. He’s not a friend who needs to share with us if he wants to keep being our friend. He’s Lord, Father, Creator, and ultimately sovereign . It is you and I who should be careful to obey him if we want to truly be associated with him — not the other way around.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NLT
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.
Psalms 114:7 NLT
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Romans 5:6 NLT
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Galatians 6:8-10 NLT
Discussion Questions: Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
1. Do you treat God like He is truly God or more like a peer? (ie. you don’t really pray, fellowship, attend church, obey hin, seek him etc.)
If that’s you, be encouraged it takes a journey to develop sound commitment through every season of life. Just be sure you’re intentional about it daily and not thinking “you’ll magically get there some day.”
2. Is God part of your daily decision making?
3. How can you honor God in your everyday life?
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1-2 MSG