"If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.” Job 36:11-12
It's true; I previously wrote, the hardest thing about being a Christian is forgiving those who have hurt you, especially those who have damaged you to your very core. The second has to be obeying God. In truth, obedience is first; because, if we obeyed, then forgiveness would be a non-issue.
Most Christians liken obedience to lightly obeying the Ten Commandments, and adhering to church dogma. However, in many instances, obedience comes down to God moving you in a direction you believe you are not prepared to go. He may ask you to speak to people you really don't want to interact with. He may ask you to do something you definitely never planned on doing. Or, you may be asked to go to the very last place on earth, you said, you would never be caught dead in.
We have many examples in the Bible of those who openly obeyed God, and those who did not. Moses in fear, asked God to send his brother Aaron to speak with Pharaoh instead, because he felt he was a terrible speaker. (Exodus 4:10-16) On the other hand, a young David obeyed; showing no fear, he picked up his slingshot and stepped onto the battlefield to defeat a looming Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:32-54) Both had their successes and failures along the way.
The thing to remember is, God's Will, will be done. Whether you decide to obey or not, His Will, will be accomplished. Why not eliminate your own fears and allow Him to work through you, instead of without you. L.
Study Reference: Job 36:1-12
From: "The "O" Factor." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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