I came across this quote from the book, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers the other day.
Even the smallest bit of obedience opens heaven, and the deepest truths of God immediately become yours. Yet God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already.
I believe there is so much truth to this. God cannot take me from A to C if I do not do B. Sometimes, when you are feeling like you don’t know what step to take next, you have to go back and see if you took the last step you were told to take.
Did God ask you to forgive someone?
Did you feel impressed the last time you were at church to give? To serve? To join a small group?
Maybe God told you to take a break from social media, or tv?
Maybe you have a certain friend that you know is not good for you?
This isn’t a post about discerning God’s voice. But sometimes He just impresses something on your heart and keeps bringing it back to your mind. And sometimes there are obvious commands in the scripture that we just simply do not obey.
Like being kind.
Honoring your parents.
Respecting your husband.
Refraining from griping and complaining.
God is a God who rewards obedience above all else. In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul disobeyed God and it cost him everything. God commanded him to attack the Amalekites and destroy everything including the animals. Saul did everything except he saved their king and a few animals. When Samuel, the prophet, asked Saul what he was doing, Saul proclaimed that he was making a sacrifice to the Lord. Look at what Samuel said back,
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”
God takes complete obedience very seriously. And he rewards obedience very greatly. Stop searching for the mysteries of God and obey the last thing he told you to do. Then watch as He reveals more of Himself to you.