When you grew up, did you have certain rules you had to follow that were set by your parents? Rules that your parents expected you to obey? Growing up, my parents had rules for our home. There was no cussing, you had to be kind to your siblings, you needed to contribute to the chores around the house, do your homework on time, etc. It was expected that we followed those rules or there would be consequences.
In a way, it is the same with God. God has rules that He wants us to follow. Look at the ten commandments for example. These are rules that God has set that we must obey. But why is obedience so important? Growing up in a Christian home, I saw the world and the way that they lived and, at times, I didn’t understand why being a Christian had to be so serious all the time. I wondered why God set some of the rules that He did. For example, why does he say no sex before marriage? Or why is it bad to be drunk? After all, the world was doing it and they seemed to be just fine.
The more I grew in my faith, and as I continued in life, I realized just why it was so important to follow God’s rules and obey Him. God has a plan for our lives. That plan, is greater than any plan we could ever make. He sets those rules because not following the rules can ruin His plan for us.
Think of it this way, when you were a kid, your parents probably told you not to touch fire or play with fire. Why? Because if you played with fire too much, it can burn you or worse, set you on fire. Your parents want you to grow up unscarred and without pain. If they never told you to watch out for fire, you might be in a lot of pain and your life could be different today. You could be walking around as a burn victim with scars all over your body, but because your parents love you, they set a rule to not play with fire.
It is just like that. God sets rules for us to follow because He knows that playing around with breaking rules can hurt us. He loves us and wants us to follow His rules. I don’t know about you, but I would rather live a life that God has created for me than a life full of pain because of my own actions.
Obedience can seem unfair and may not make sense at times, but if we obey God, He will reward us with a beautiful future and a happy life.
“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you possess.” Deuteronomy 5:33 NIV