A Refresher Course in Obedience

I’ve heard it said that we often go to church, study God’s Word and pray not to learn something new, but to be reminded of something we already know.  This is true of today’s name, Adonai.

Adonai is one of the more common names we hear, and thus is probably the one it is easiest to glaze over when doing this study.  But taking a look at this name over the past couple days has renewed my desire to submit to His lordship in my life.  I was reminded again of what it means to call Him “Lord.”  Here’s what Kay had to say about this issue:

     Lord is more than a word; it indicates a relationship.  The lordship of God means His total possession of me and my total submission to Him as Lord and Master. {Lord, I Want to Know you, p.42}

I don’t know that I can honestly say that every minute of every day I am in total submission to Him.  But as I read through the verses Kay listed and noted what God is Lord over and what my response should be, my heart longed to let Him be Lord of my life.

One thing I learned from this study is that God clearly defines the roles in our relationship.   Our role is to submit fully to Him, and His role is to accomplish His purpose in us.  I read verse after verse reminding me that my job is to keep my eyes on Him and be obedient.  His job is to protect me {Psalm 141:-10}, avenge me {Psalm 89:50-51}, and make the dreams that He planned for me come true {Judges 6:14-16, Psalm 8:1,6-8}. 

Which one of these jobs do you need God to do in your life, right now?  Are you doing your job?  Are you being obedient as you keep your eyes on Him?

This morning as I was studying my heart was encouraged.  I realized once again that God alone will accomplish His purpose in me.  He has given me dreams and desires for my life, but has reminded me that only He can make those dreams come true.  It is freeing to know that my responsibility is to be obedient to Him.  This means when He calls me to do something I must do it, trusting Him with the outcome.  I don’t have to worry if I don’t see how today fits into the big picture of my life.  I just have to do what God called me to do today.  And tomorrow all I have to do is be obedient.  And the next day, and the next day, and the next.

Is it really that simple?  Yes!  But it is being obedient that causes me problems.  Sometimes He calls me to do something that leaves me extremely vulnerable, and I lack the faith to be obedient.  Other times He calls me to stay faithful in the little tiny things in life, and I want Him to call me to something more.  And other times, I am simply selfish and lazy, and I don’t even want to listen long enough to know what He is calling me to do because I want to accomplish MY agenda for that day rather than His.

I needed to be reminded that calling God ‘Lord’ requires obedience.  Will you join me today in submitting completely to His will, no matter what?  Oh, how I pray that you do.  Take some time today to express to God your desire to submit to Him as Adonai.  IF you aren’t fully ready to submit to Him as Lord, then ask Him to give you that desire. 

If you need more information about a relationship with Him email me at faith@faithklein.com.

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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