I love my dog, Scout! He is 80 pounds of love and energy. When we are home where it’s quiet, he does what I ask. When there are things that scare him—or excite him—he ignores me. That is not good! He can hurt himself, others or even me by not listening.
Today I realized that sometimes I act just like my dog. I obey when it is easy and comfortable for me. When nothing more fun calls for my time, I don’t mind pulling some weeds. I am willing to go to work if I am not afraid that my children need me to be with them. Are you ever like that–choosing when you will and won’t obey?
God doesn’t want us to live that way. He wants our lives to be steady and true all the time. It takes time for us to learn that way of living. Hebrews 5:8 tells us that Jesus learned obedience by suffering. Obeying in the easy times helps us remember what is right. Choosing to obey God when other things compete for our attention, helps us grow stronger.
When is it hardest for you to obey?