Obedience Leads to Blessings
Hello! I am so glad you are here today! I am excited about what God has been teaching me through His Word lately and I am really excited to share it with you! Last week, I posted about submission to the Lord, which overflows the love and strength for us to submit to our husbands. Now, let me just say, I still struggle at times with submission because I am a very independent person. Jon would be the first to tell you, he worries about “do or die” situations because if he yells, “DUCK!” at me, I would reply, “Why?” before I duck. That is just an example of how independent I am, there are lots of other areas that I still get grumpy about, or hesitate in submission not just to Jon, but ultimately to the Lord. The important thing, is that eventually God works on my heart and eventually, I choose to lovingly submit. (But sometimes not without a fight.)
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John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.”
If you love me, be obedient.
I cannot remember the exact moment that this clicked with me in my marriage, when I started to understand what submission really meant, or when exactly I started to implement it into my life. I do, though, remember the feeling of peace every time I let go of my control… every time I let God or Jon decide, even when I didn’t 100% agree.
The Greek word for submission is hupotasso, “to put under.”
When we look at Genesis 3, when Adam and Even ate of the tree of knowledge and God confronted them, he said in verse 16b to Eve, “Your desire will be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”
God called it, He spoke it from the moment sin entered the world… He knew we would struggle with letting go of the control over our husbands. We live in a world that is geared toward women’s rights, equality, and women seeking power over men. I see it daily in the news, on social media, and even in my day to day life. Women today have a serious issue with the word submission. They believe it shows weakness and that if they can rule over men, their lives will be better. They believe they will have more self-worth and will feel loved, important, and full of joy and peace. I think they believe this because they haven’t felt the relief God gives when you ARE obedient to His command to submit in everything to your husband.
Before we can submit, a few things need to happen. First, we need to let go of our pride and ego. This was very hard for me to do when I first married Jon. I had been a single mother for years, and was proud of the mother and provider I had become. I had worked so hard for so long that it had become my identity. To let that go, and give Jon the opportunity to become the provider and head of the home, was hard. At first, I felt unimportant, belittled, and frustrated, but when I started to see the joy it brought Jon to be the head of the home, to be the father and provider… it was all worth it to me. Seeing him love Naya was worth it. Seeing the joy in his eyes when he was able to pay all the bills, put food on the table, and know he worked hard for it all was worth it. Why? Because I love him! I want him to be what God created him to be, head of the home!
Second, we need self-control. It takes FAR more self control to submit to someone than it does to control someone. If you are like me, and need to hold on to some self-dignity in submission, see it as becoming a stronger woman, not a weaker one. When I do what I want, it is easy. I don’t grow or learn or please anyone other than myself. Yet, when I have the self control to submit to my husband (or to God) I am giving them my love, a piece of myself has become less… selfless.
Google defines obedience as “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.”
Obedience has a very selfless quality to it. When we are obedient, we are putting someone else’s life above our own. This goes against the grain of our society today, doesn’t it? Around every corner I see “look at me” photos, or “how to make myself better” adds for makeup, hair care, body shaping, lip plumping, wrinkle erasing… I could go on and on with the never ending lists of selfish desires and ways to control your life and how you look. In our society today, it IS all about us. Can you imagine what the world would look like today if we put as much time and money into helping others or encouraging others, as we do helping and encouraging ourselves? Could you imagine a stranger in traffic letting you cut into the lane without giving you the finger, a snide remark or a glare… as if their time and place to be is more important than the other hundreds of people on the road? We need to wake up and realize it is NOT all about us.
One of my favorite scriptures to quote to my children when they are in a selfish predicament is Matthew 19:30, “but many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
God’s ways are not human ways. We see this very distinctively in the life of Jesus. He was not grand in anyway other than in the way he treated people. He came from a humble upbringing and was unimportant to those around him. He wasn’t handsome or striking. Yet, he DID stand out. He put everyone above himself. He looked at people with compassion and not jealousy or judgement. He didn’t think of himself as better than anyone, although HE alone was better than everyone! We see, in Jesus, the obedience that surpasses anyone who has lived before or after him. His willingness to be obedient, to submit to authorities and to His Father, led to ultimate peace, ultimate joy, and to a better life worth striving for!
Being obedient to God is a command. It is how we show Him that we do love Him and trust Him. In being obedient we are faithful to God. We are putting God above ourselves, and we become less, and He becomes more. And it IS all about Him! It is so hard to embrace our life NOT being all about us!
What God has been showing me about being obedient, is that when we are, He will bless. When looking back, I honestly don’t think I would be writing this blog today if I had not been obedient to God when he told me to quit my job. If I had not submitted to my husband, humbled myself enough to tell him that he was right about my place being at home with my children, and trusted he would be a great provider for our family… I don’t think we would have the marriage we do today. When we are obedient, God will bless.
We see examples throughout the Bible that support this thinking! Look at Job, he started with everything, Satan took it all away, yet he remained faithful and obedient, and God blessed him with an overwhelming abundance… even more than he had before! Look at Noah, he built the Ark God commanded Him to build and he saved the human race through his own family. The animal kingdom was preserved, and has multiplied on the earth ever since. Look at Abraham, he was willing to be obedient to give his only son to the Lord, and God provided a ram! He blessed Abraham with generations of leaders and wealth.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2, “Now it shall be if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God.”
Trying to remember this verse in a time when I don’t agree with God or Jon, can be very hard to do. Sometimes it takes weeks of prayer before I remember it! My strong will is only as strong as I am in the flesh. God’s will is an unreckoned force that will inevitably happen with or without us. We must choose. Are we for God, or are we for us? Will we be obedient to His commands, or will we redirect his path for our lives because we choose disobedience to the Word?
God is always faithful, we don’t ever have to worry about that. But, are we faithful? Obedience is showing God our faithfulness by trusting that He knows what’s best for our future, without us being able to see the future and blessings to come.
Thank you for stopping in today to read my heart! I am excited to announce I will be doing a giveaway this week! I will be giving away the necklace below on Friday. I will announce the winner At 6pm from my Facebook Page (link located to the right). Follow the rules carefully to have a chance to win:
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