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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to know stuff.  If I hear about a story on the news that intrigues me and I am clueless about it, I won’t rest until I learn enough about it on my own to have an understanding of it for myself.  I was the student who would press teachers for more complete answers. I can’t tell you how many times I said, “Dad, why does such and such happen…”.  I’m a lot older now, but I’m still longing for answers today.  The difference is the questions I’m now asking.

Today, it’s more about why life turns out the way it does, or why people have to endure so much pain or hurt.  For me personally, it’s wondering about the future, wanting to make the very most of every day and asking God to reveal His plan for me in that regard.  I think of my children and wonder what their lives are going to look like when they grow up.  If only God would show me around the bend a little bit…then I would be better able to navigate my life.

In truth, I know it’s a lie.  God knows what I need and gives it to me. Enough for today.  It appears that I’m on a “need to know” basis with God.  There’s a part of me that is frustrated by it, but another part of me is thankful.  I know God has my best in mind and goes before me to lay a path for me and my family.  He holds me up with His righteous right hand when I am weak. 

So, while I’d still like to have more answers, I know I can trust God today. Today is my gift from Him and what I do with it is my gift to Him.

 

But now the topics have changed 

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Obedience

Why is it so hard for us to obey? Maybe it’s just me. Sometimes I just want to do what I want to do, regardless of how it might effect anyone else. Do you ever feel like that?

The Bible is full of passages where God tells us that we should obey, the benefits of obeying, the consequences of disobeying. Why, then, do we still struggle with obeying?

My children struggle with obedience. They’re amazing, great kids! They love me – I know it. Yet, they still disobey. I think it’s something we’re all born with. A natural tendency to disobey. Adam and Eve laid the groundwork for all of us, didn’t they?

I also have learned that obeying comes at a price. Sometimes God wants from us what we don’t want to give. Our freedom. Our will. Our desires…all laid at His feet. I have seen God lead me on paths that I would never choose for myself. I have also seen the results of me taking my own path when I knew better. Yet still He loves me. Forgives me. Waits patiently for me. To surrender. To obey.

obey.

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