"When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us."
Have you ever felt that God is silent? Have you felt as if you're wandering in the darkness, in search of some direction, and there aren't any lights that are turning on?
Or, maybe you're trying to do His will and yet with every step forward into what seemed right, you're left feeling like somewhere, somehow you got it all wrong.
Yesterday I heard the quote up above, and was caught by it. I turned it over in my mind and thought about what it means for my life.
You see, we can be pretty good at this whole idea of obedience when it looks fairly heroic. When God asks us to do something that we deem as grand and glorious work, we some how have the instant "yes".
But is that the only time for our obedience? Shouldn't there be smaller yes' paving the way in our Christian lives?
We can stumble around and wonder why things aren't falling into place. We can trip and falter and begin to doubt, thinking we gave it all our very best, and God just isn't coming through. But let me ask you, are you obedient today?
Not just in those noble and grand tasks, but are we obedient on today's littlest tasks?
Are we doing what we know we ought to do, in order to love Him best?
Are we following His ways in every part of our lives, or only when it works well for us?
If we're giving Him our all-every part of every single day-then there's nothing that will stop Him having His way.
We will still stumble at times and things aren't always clear, but if obedience is kept our theme then peace will rule our hearts and worry fades away. For the God of the galaxies is walking close beside, and He gives everything that's needed to the heart that is given to obedience.
Just as a parent knows what's best for their child, so our Father knows what's best for us.
He will use you in ways you didn't plan, ways that you wouldn't have chosen. But in the end you'll see with unclouded view and understand that His ways are always going to be best.
If you sense some sort of distance, or you wonder why life isn't making sense; if you're praying seems to get you nowhere and you're left wanting something more, look for ways to be obedient today. Take the leap and do what you know you ought.
You'll soon find that your obedience to Him is one of the very greatest acts of love to your Father, who always knows best.
Perhaps you've felt that urge to wake a little earlier and spend a bit more time with Him. Perhaps it means a letting go of something else you're holding onto besides Christ. Perhaps it's your lack of prayer or your actions against another life.
Whatever it is that might be that is pulling on you, go ahead and say yes. Take the leap and learn to obey. The reward of your obedience will always far outweigh the price you'll pay for holding anything back.