Why is it so hard to obey? Isn’t it easier than disobeying? These were the questions going through my head as I read Exodus 19-20.
The Lord had one “simple” request as He spoke to the Israelites: “if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Ex 19:5)
Imagine being in the place of the Israelites… they had seen the hand of God as they left Egypt, and as they crossed the Red Sea. When they wanted food, God provided. When they wanted water, again, God provided. Now God told them that they would be his treasured possession.. if they would obey his voice.
I remember as a child, I was pretty strong-willed. I disobeyed by parents often. My parents fed me, bought clothes for me and took good care of me like a treasured possession. Yet, I still failed and broke their hearts.
The Israelites, like me, had a “history” in seeing the good. They knew what God was capable of doing. God had protected them, provided for them. God also never left them.
Today, as a believer, I have that same promise. There have been times when I have been disobedient and done things on my own terms. And there was always a “course correction” that happened. I have learned that it is easier to obey, even when I don’t feel like it.
I have also learned that following the Lord’s will is best for me. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He knows what’s best for me! That’s why I try to discern His will in every decision in my life.
To obey is a choice. What choice will I make today? Hopefully, one that glorify the Lord as I listen to His voice.