I believe that our obedience to God should be immediate, even when we don’t fully understand what He is asking us to do. Obedience requires us to make an immediate choice to act upon and follow the command or instructions we are given. The only we can obey God is to obey Him instantly! Our days are lived in seasons and I truly believe that instant obedience enables us to fully experience the blessings of God in its time and season.
When the Lord commands us to do something, it is because there is a blessing, revelation or more at the end of that obedience, which can be tied to a particular season. Have you had God ask you to do something and you delayed and then when you eventually obeyed, either it didn’t go well or the result was not as expected? Delayed obedience robs us of our blessings and favour with God.
Delayed obedience means we think our priorities are more important than what God is asking us to do. It is pride and arrogance at play.
I have not been the best at instantly obeying God, however it is something my heart longs to do and really pray that God will help me with this year. How about you? I know for sure that I have missed out on some or entirely on timely blessings because I delayed in obedience, but I am grateful for the mercies of God through restoration.
I am learning that when God asks us to do something, it is not a time to sit pondering and wondering. It is a time to obey without hesitation and delay. Our instant obedience shows that we trust God, we relay on and believe in Him. It shows that we know that He is telling us to act for our own benefit.
As we sit at the masters feet this year to learn, walk and live in obedience to God, lets take a leaf from the Psalmist David, in Psalm 119:33-35 . He pleads to God; “Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the paths of your commands, for there I find delight.” Let us pray for God to teach and give us understanding of His word and what obedience means not only to us, but to Him. So that when he commands us to go and do, we can boldly declare like David in Psalm 119:60 and say “we will hasten and not delay to keep your commandments Lord”!
Whatever is keeping you from obeying God immediately, be encouraged, don’t be afraid to approach God. In repentance ask for mercy and for His help to help you change your obedience from ‘delayed’ to ‘instant’ for His glory and for the blessings to flow in your life.