I was reading Oswald Chambers this morning and this is what he had to say: “You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put His pressure, then obey Him in that matter. Bring all your ‘arguments and . . . every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ’ regarding the matter, and everything will become as clear as daylight to you (2 Corinthians 10:5).” He went on to summarize his thoughts this way: “Spiritual confusion can only be conquered through obedience. As soon as we obey, we have discernment.”

Sounds easy enough, right? Well… maybe, maybe not.

Mother Theresa was asked one time about how she dealt with seasons of silence in her life when she felt like God just wasn’t speaking to her. She said it had become her policy that whenever she was not hearing from God she would simply go back to the last thing he said and keep doing that.

Again, in theory, that sounds pretty simple. It is in practice where we can get sidetracked. The reason for this is, of course, our ADD lifestyles. We want everything bigger, better, faster and brighter and, oh, by the way, we want it now. That includes a word from the Lord. Yet the Scripture tells us very clearly in Isaiah 40:31 that “those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength.” In other words, to be obedient means to keep on doing what God last told us to do until he tells us the next thing to do. Nothing flashy. Nothing profound. Just be faithful!


1 Response to “obey”

  1. 1 Mike woody
    September 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Wow this really hit the spot for me today I now understand what I must do thanks

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