Why obey?

Timeless truths about obedience.

When Moses told Pharaoh that the Lord said, “Let my people go…” Pharaoh asked a great question that is at the root of all obedience: “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice…?” Exodus 5:2. Our obedience or lack of obedience is rooted in our understanding of God’s identity. We cannot get our identity right until we understand God’s identity.

Some obey God because they see Him as a harsh, brutal task master. They obey out of fear. They imagine God’s wrath pouring down on them for the slightest infraction. Others obey God in order to please him. Their obedience is an appeasement of a scorekeeper. Still others view God as a benevolent “man upstairs.” Their obedience is based on convenience. Even more imagine a god that is everywhere, in everything so their obedience is staying true to themselves.

Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice? He is the one and only true God. He is holy. He is not a man who acts selfishly or unrighteously. He is love. He is not defined by our love but He defines love. He is relational. He is just, righteous, blameless. He sits on the throne of heaven and is over all. He loves you and wants you to enter a relationship with you so much so that He became a man so that He could pay for your sin. He did that because if you paid for your sin you would be separated from Him for eternity. He is truth.

We obey His voice because He speaks the total truth in love.

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