Thinking, Listening, & Obedience

When I was a girl, one of the lessons I learned from my dad was to think.  If I did something wrong, he would say to me, “so did you think about it?”  He always wanted to know if I had actually thought about what I was doing, hoping to train me to think before I acted.  I remember at times that confounded me.  Sometimes, it made me downright mad.  But I’ve never forgotten his charge to think.  When my own son was growing up, guess what I used to say to him in moments when I knew that thinking might have kept him from a predicament?  Yep, that same thing.  “Did you think about it?”  Sage wisdom, this thinking thing.

Something I read recently made me remember this childhood training.  I’m thinking it’s pretty good advice, especially in our Christian walk.  We need to think about things we’re facing.  “What is this predicament I’m in Lord?  What do you want me to do about it?”  Knowing that I’m not supposed to worry about anything, whatever I’m facing is a known factor to God and He has a way He’d like me to get through it.  I don’t always do this very gracefully.  This is where the listening comes in again.

So, if I think about my situation, talk it over with God, ask Him for His direction (which implies the listening part), and be obedient, I think I’m ready to move on it now.  But wait, where did that word obedient come from?  Ah yes, the obedient part.  Sometimes I may not like the answer I’m hearing.  I may need to abandon something I want to do.  I may be told to do something I really don’t want to do.  Obedience takes practice and it means I must be willing to lay down my desires and decisions.  This obedience thing can be hard work sometimes.  Makes me remember a verse:

“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”  Rom 6:16

I need to take obedience a lot more seriously.  What I choose to do is indicative of who I am obeying and where it’s going to lead me.  Something to chew on today…

3 thoughts on “Thinking, Listening, & Obedience

  1. ‘whatever I am facing is a known factor to God and He has a way He’d like me to get through it’…
    This is very profound. Simple, yet very profound. Why? Because, if we would just stop and realize this biblical principle, we could rest in His peace that he promises us. What unknown am I facing right now? We can all think of at least one!! Now say “He has a way He’d like me to get through it”. The answer: trust…pray…listen…obey. Really listen. Its amazing how creative the thoughts can be when we spend time with Him. He can speak into our hearts and minds…if we only take the time to ask and to listen.
    Thanks, Linda, for the spurring of my faith!! Love ya:) LL

  2. Reading through your earlier blogs, I’m glad I found you.
    As a kid I felt bored when the hymn Trust and Obey was sung in church, especially with the recurring refrain. Now I understand – there’s no other way!

    1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.
    o Refrain:
    Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
    2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
    3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
    4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
    5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

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