Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
What Is Obedience?
Obedience is the response which clearly defines the type of relationship one has with God. It is the barometer by which one’s current spiritual status is determined and gauged. One act of obedience does not mean that one has a relationship with God. It is the intentional and continued response of obedience that is reflective of one’s true attitude towards and posture before God. True obedience shows that one’s heart is bowed in submission to the Sovereign Authority of God the Father, the Lordship of Jesus the Christ, and the Leading of the Holy Spirit.
“And Samuel said, ‘Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams…'” (1 Sam. 15:22)
Why Is This Important To Us?
It really does not matter what we study in the Word of God, it somehow is always linked and can be traced back to one common principle: obedience. Obedience is the common thread throughout the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Obedience was the very first course of action by the creation wherein everything became in response to the command of God its Creator (Gen. 1:1-25). It was the solicited response from the very first humans prior to the Fall of humanity into sin (Gen. 1:26-29; 2:16-17). So it is no wonder why it would still be the same solicited response that is expected by God from His first “called out” people in the conquest of the Promised Land and His second “called out” people in the obtaining of His promise of salvation and eternal life through His Son, Jesus the Christ.
What is the point in all of this? Obedience has always been and will continue to be God’s instrument by which He measures our true spiritual condition and intentions. It is not something to be occasionally practiced, but it is a calling for us to respond to and live out daily in our relationship with God.