Sunday school in church has been awesome, I most say I’ll advise that everyone should attend a bible believing church or a bible study group. It is a place to learn more about God with others.
So, this week we started learning about the “Obedience of Faith”. My Sunday school teacher asked for the meaning of obedience of faith; I said “heeding to instructions”, someone else said “doing as commanded without questioning”, another said “to believe”, another said “following laid down instructions”. After giving all our definitions, we started to discuss about the obedience the obedience of faith?
Is obedience truly those the definitions above? Do you think God wants us to obey without understanding?”.
The truth is that there are so many people that obey the tenets of their religion without understanding the basis of their actions, but God wants us to obey Him not because we have to.
When we obey without understanding, we follow blindly, but not based on the heart of the one who gave the instruction. Obedience of faith is not about following the rules, but about following the giver of the rules.
In John 14:21, the Bible says “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
If you look closely at this scripture, keeping the commandment of God stemmed from the love for God, it is not the reverse. We obey God because we love God and because we know He loves us.
Obedience of faith is usually done in response to:
1. God’s love: We are able to fully obey God because we see and understand God’s love for us. Most people doubt God because they fail to see God’s love and kindness. Giving up His only begotten son for the remission of our sin, tells so much of God’s unconditional love. While we were yet sinners He died for us.
2. Freedom: God has given us the freedom of choice, it says in Joshua 24:15: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It also says in Deuteronomy 30:19: “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live“. God has given us the freedom of choice to obey him or not. Although He has given us the choice, He wants us to choose life.
3. Revelation: We obey God based on our revelation of God. God reveals himself first, before He give instructions. The more revelation of God we have, the more we are likely to obey Him, because we have a deep understanding of who He is.
4. Fellowship: We obey God based on our level of fellowship with Him. The bible says in John 10:27: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. The sheep is able to hear and obey the voice of the shepherd because they have been in close proximity with the shepherd. We are able to hear and obey God, based one our depth of relationship with him.
A patriarch of Faith
Abraham is one person used to describe the obedience of faith. Sometimes, when I study about Abraham I just wonder at his level of faith and trust in God. Abraham didn’t set out to sacrifice His own son because He had to, he did so because he had an understanding of who God is.
The bible says in Hebrews 11:17-19:
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
He knew that for two immutable thing God can’t lie, God had already told him that “ in Isaac will the nations of the earth be blessed” and here is God saying sacrifice your son. He knew God won’t change His mind on His promise and that God was able to raise Isaac back if He sacrificed him. And perhaps, if God didn’t raise Him, He knew that God can’t lie.
Actions for the week
Wherever you have you been finding it hard to obey God, remember that God doesn’t want your mechanical obedience, He wants you to develop a relationship with Him. He want your obedience to come out of a deep relationship with Him.
– Make it a point of call to study your Bible this week. Learn about his love, know that he is interested in communing with you, believe that is He is able to do all things.
-You can start with studying any book of the gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. I will also advice if you can study the book of Romans, that book is indeed powerful.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and Bible study insights on the obedience of faith.
I pray as you study the word of God, the Lord will reveal Himself to You, the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened in Jesus name. Amen
Have a blessed week!