The idea of obedience has fallen on hard times in our culture.
On one side are those who don’t believe obedience in the traditional sense of following a set of moral guidelines is even possible.
Another unhealthy view is that obedience is only for those who are not strong or smart enough to order their own lives.
Is there a better, healthier way of looking at obedience?
One place to start is with the background of the English word. It is derived from the Latin obaudire, which means “to listen well.” At the heart of obedience in the Bible is relationship. Obedience is based on the deepest level of communication where the other person is heard and understood.
For Christians, this means that obedience cannot be reduced to a simple list of do’s and don’ts, but is tantamount to an act of worship. We look so closely at God and listen so closely for His voice that we act in ways that show we are engaged in conversation and communion with God.
Obedience. Listening intently. Understanding the heart of another.
When looked at that way, how obedient are you in hearing God’s voice?
Lord, teach me to listen to Your voice and follow You in loving obedience. Amen.