“Obedience” may be the least popular word to “Me Generation,” the modern people who live in the postmodernism era. But we believers must never forget that the synonym of ‘faith’ is ‘obedience.’ Faith and obedience are like the two sides of one coin. Faith and obedience must be revealed as one. On the other hand, it’s not that simple to live out our faith in actions since we have sinful nature within us. Our sinful nature constantly makes us challenge the authority of God. Since the Fall of humanity, there is no place where the spirit of disobedience does not work. Why do you think that Jesus asked ‘to remove this cup from me’ before he was crucified to the cross? It’s not that easy to obey God’s will in our daily lives. But we must do our best to meet God’s expectation if we expect His work. This is obedience.
When we stand before God, it’s not that important how hard we work for our secular jobs. But it is very important how faithfully we obeyed God’s words. David is great because God considered him as “a man after God’s own heart.” 1 Chronicles 14:10 says, “So David inquired of God: “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”The LORD answered him, “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.”Aren’t you impressed with David who asked God and obeyed his commands?
Friends of both sides of single man and woman have asked each other after their date. The friends of the man asked, “how pretty was she?” But the friends of the woman asked about his job. It means that men look for “physical beauty” while women look for “ability.” But what do you think God look at first when he chooses someone? He looks at how faithfully they obey His words. That is the most important to Him. That’s why Jesus said in John 12:50, “I know that his command leads to eternal life. . .” David asked God when he was facing crises because he knew that obeying God’s word is eternal life. David did not panic when he was facing crises in his life. He just tried to listen to God as he customed to do before. That was why he was able to obey without any hesitation when he had heard God’s words. No wonder God brought David a victory. David was able to win all the battles by obeying God’s words in times of trouble.
“. . . Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6). Through his experiences, David knew for sure that the victory of the battle did not depend on the size of his army, but the size of his obedience. David proved that the victory of the battle depended on how faithfully he obeyed to God’s words. Jesus said in John 14:23, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”Based on this word, we cannot really say that we love someone unless we do the things he/she wants.That is not true love.Therefore, if we love God, we must obey His words. Moreover, since God said that ‘his word is eternal life,’ I want all of you to become the people of God who enjoy eternal life by faithfully obeying His words by faith.