Dearest precious sisters in Yeshua:
The story is told that when Dr. David Livingstone was working in Africa, a group of friends sent a letter saying, “We would like to send other missionaries to you. Have you found a good road into your area yet?” Dr. Livingstone sent this message in reply: “If you have people who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I need people who are willing to come if there is no road at all.” I thought about this scenario and wondered whether God also views His children in a similar fashion. God calls each of us to obedience without showing us the path we will travel or reveal the end result. How will His children respond? Will we obey without a road map? I am sharing this story with you as a segue into the message of this week’s Sisterhood Love Letter…
Walking In Faithful Obedience
Faithful obedience to God is very important in our spiritual maturity. No one in this life here on earth will ever become sufficiently sanctified to the point where they are always obeying the law. But we can strive to honor and maintain obedience to God by meditating on the words of Lord Yeshua. How important is obedience to God? In the gospel of John, obedience to God is underscored time and time again. In John 14:15 Yeshua says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
The great commandments are expressed in Matthew 22:36-40 that says, “Teacher, [speaking to Yeshua] which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Yeshua replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Yeshua is very concerned about us and how we live. God wants us to do far more than participate in good works. He wants us to believe in Him; He wants us to be more like Him. When we are being obedient to God, we know Him through His Word; we praise, honor, and glorify Him; and we experience a deep, personal, intimate relationship with Him. To do this, we must be attentive to God’s Laws. This is not an option. God’s children cannot possess an intimate relationship with Yeshua and ignore the words He taught. Obedience to God comes from living God’s Word when our heart, mind, and soul is yearning to be fulfilled and blessed with His love.
Walking in faithful obedience when God has not revealed His steps along the way or the final destination may be challenging for some. Putting all of our faith and trust in God and completely surrendering ourselves to Him, highly accelerates our faithful obedience. Hebrews 11:1 provides us with this assurance: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It serves us well to remember that God’s ways are not our ways; but He always knows what is best for His children, if we would only trust Him and His will for our lives. One of the patriarchs, Abraham, did just that, as so many others followed in his footsteps. “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). 2 Corinthians 5:7 says,”…for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
It is amazing how God richly blesses His children who faithfully walk in obedience to His will. Deuteronomy 28 is very clear on Blessings for Obedience: “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1). Deuteronomy 28:2-14 is very explicit on all the ways God will abundantly bless His children. I encourage you to read these passages. This Scripture dovetails into Curses for Disobedience, continuing in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. It is fair to say that when you lack obedience to God, we have every reason to fear the Lord in terms of His wrath. Although our mighty, sovereign God is a loving and merciful God, He does expect His children to walk in faithful obedience to Him. For a deeper study on your own, I encourage you to read Hebrews 11 and list the people of faith mentioned, and why God recognized them.
We need to set aside time each day to enter into God’s rest. Hebrews 4:10 says, “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.” Although you have heard me encourage each of you to do this on numerous occasions, it is always worthwhile repeating: Please set aside a portion of your day, every day, to be in God’s Word and prayer. It is truly amazing how much deeper and intimate your relationship with the Lord will become in making Him your first priority every day. I promise you that there is no better way to spend time each day than sitting at the feet of Yeshua.
When we make the transition from calling ourself a woman of faith to being a woman who is experiencing a deep, personal, and intimate relationship with the Lord, it is then that we will receive the highest of joys, the deepest of peace, and the fullest measure of God’s love and power each and every day of our lives. This week let us praise and glorify our mighty God together, as we commit our lives to walking in faithful obedience to Him. I wish you a very blessed week ahead.
Joyfully walking in faithful obedience,