TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
“And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.”
1 John 2:3 (ESV)
KNOWING GOD: OBEYING HIS COMMANDS
Arabian horses are trained rigorously in the middle eastern deserts. The horses must learn to fully obey their master. This obedience is tested by depriving the horses of water for many days and then turning them loose near water. As the horses get to the edge of the water, and just before they drink of the much-needed water, the trainer blows his whistle. If the horses have learned to obey, they turn around and come back to the trainer who then gives them as much water as they need. The trainer knows what his horses need and will not allow them to die of thirst, but they must trust him. God knows what His children need and wants to supply it, but we must trust and obey Him.
God is not trying to play games with us or torture us. However, an obedience similar to the finest horses in the world is evidence that we know God. Again, this is not perfection, but it is evidence of progress in our spiritual life. We learned Sunday that those who know God obey even when it’s inconvenient or it doesn’t make sense. This kind of obedience only comes from knowing God’s character is trustworthy and having experienced Him personally.
Mike quoted Hebrews 5:7-8 on Sunday where Jesus learned obedience through suffering. Can you think of a time in your life when God taught you valuable lessons through your suffering? How can this perspective help you obey when it’s not easy?