A few weeks ago, I came across some information about something that is none of my business; something that I was not supposed to know about. The way I discovered this information was not illegal or immoral. However, I felt the Holy Spirit urging me not to allow myself to become privy to the facts in question. However, I ignored that urging and allowed my human sense of curiosity to override what I knew God was telling me to do.
Now this knowledge has become a thorn in my flesh. It has caused me to doubt the sincerity of someone who I have always believed to be a rock-solid Christian. I cannot share what I know with anyone, even for the purpose of clarification. So I’m left with all of these questions and inner turmoil, which is exactly why God didn’t want me to know this information in the first place!
The moral of this story? Disobedience never offers a positive outcome. As I mentioned earlier, the way I found this info out was not immoral, illegal or even something that is specifically mentioned as sinful in the Bible. But, I felt the Holy Spirit telling me not to move forward and I did anyway. And, the result of my disobedience has been painful.
Sometimes, I still mistakenly imagine God to be some sort of control-freak, forcing us into compliance, just because he can. But, that is so far from the truth about God’s character. God wants us to be obedient for our own good, not his. He knows the outcome of our actions and choices before we make them He knows what will result in good and what will result in bad. He has given us his Holy Spirit to direct us to make the right choices because he loves us and wants what is best for us!
The Bible says a lot about obedience. I really like these verses from Romans 6:15-16 “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
Let’s choose today to be slaves to obedience.