|The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. –Isaiah 50:5
A common thread that I have found amongst many Christians is how difficult we say obedience to God is. I have heard responses ranging from, “Being obedient to God means constantly battling yourself in every decision to avoid trouble,” to “If I can learn to be obedient to God in every aspect of my life, I will not have many of the problems I have today.” Why do we often approach obedience as a way of avoiding negative consequences? God intended for obedience to be a practice that we engaged in because we love him and in order to get to know him even better.
As you are thinking about obedience right now, you are probably thinking about obedience in major decisions you face. But, what about those little decisions like making or not making a phone call, saying or not saying something, listening or not listening to something? It is your obedience in little things such as these that prepares you for obedience in more major decisions.
I just want to encourage you today not to underestimate the importance of your obedience in ‘little things.’ God is not going to entrust you with major decisions if you have such a difficult time with being obedient in small decisions. Small decisions may seem inconsequential, but they can literarily make or break you. Noah for example was obedient when he felt led to build an ark when there was no sign of rain, but he was obedient, and he saved his family from dying in the 40-day flood. Moses on the other was disobedient when he was told to tap a rock. He struck the rock instead, and his disobedience caused him to miss out on entering the Promise Land.
I am going to go out on a limb and write that, "Your obedience in little things determines your destiny." If you don't believe me, ask Eve, Moses, Abraham, David, etc. I challenge you to become more intentional about obeying God in little things. He wants to take you to the next level, but you have to prove yourself worthy on this level.
Stay blessed and spread the word.