Over the years I have heard (and if I’m being fully honest, I’ve thought it too) people say that obeying God feels like a burden. We don’t like being hindered from doing what we feel like doing – we want our freedom without restriction. The problem with that is our view of God, and ourselves. If we aren’t careful, we begin to think of God as a cosmic policeman, looking to catch us messing up and looking for ways to ruin our fun. We can also slip into thinking that we know what is good for us better than God, and that He is out of touch. This kind of perspective does a disservice to God, and creates unnecessary problems for us. Instead of a cosmic killjoy, we should see God as our heavenly Father who always has our best interests in mind, even when we don’t understand it, or like it. And let’s not forget that He sent His Son to save us, paying an enormous price to do so. As a parent, He is always looking out for us and wants the very best. With that in mind, lets re-read the verses for the past two days:
“My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. 2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. 9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. 11 Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”
Proverbs 2:1-11 (NLT)
Obeying God is a privilege and a great benefit. Let’s keep that in mind always.