What It All Comes Down To

December 13, 2010

What it all comes down to, on so many occasions, is whether you will believe that God’s word is better than your way.  No, you may not have all the answers.  Yes, the risks of obeying may appear great.  But we–both Christians and churches–should stop for a moment to consider the problems we will create, and may even now be experiencing, when we put more faith in what we think is best than in what God has said to do.  It’s staggering to consider all the applications of the following:

When God tells us to do something, we should do it, and we should try to solve any problems that have resulted from our obedience after the fact. We must not try to anticipate any such problems beforehand, and then use those difficulties as a reason for not being able to obey. When God commands to do something, He expects us to have the problems that will result from doing what He said to do. Enroll in the math class, and you will have math problems. Enroll in the obedience class, and you will have obedience problems. This is not offered in the spirit of being glib—the problems can be significant. But obedience, as MacDonald said, is the great opener of eyes.  (Doug Wilson)

Or, as my wife recently put it, “Obedience may get you into trouble, but not with God.”

Dave Powilson with a wise, gospel-centered answer.

Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

(Heidelburg Catechism, first question)