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The Bible hits the nail on the head, as it always does mind you, when it describes us humans as being caught up in the lust of our flesh and eyes, topped off with pride. How so? How often do we find ourselves focusing on our own needs, wants, desires, and demands, instead of the will of the Lord? Isn’t it our very nature as humans, right from the time we are born, to reach out for and try to grab hold of what we think we need and want? And isn’t it our nature when people ask something of us that we would consider what we’ll get out of it, or what we might lose? And isn’t it something how even with God, we can do exactly this? Me, me, me. Lust of the flesh. Lust of the eyes. Pride. Why? Because we were born into sin, and we have learned to live our lives according to the ways of the world.
The battle of all battles begins when we place our faith in Christ and make the commitment to follow Him. Our worldly ways do not want to relinquish control, and yet God is commanding us to leave behind our selfish ways and to live according to His ways as He teaches us in the Bible. The bottom line when it comes to asking God why when He tells us to do something is that we can ask all we want, but He doesn’t have to answer. And we don’t need to know. The ultimate obedience, I believe, is when we are so yielded to Him that we simply do what He tells us to do without asking why at all. Why? No pun intended. Here is the why. Because we need to leave behind the lust to please ourselves, the pride we so struggle with as humans, and to lovingly, humbly, submit ourselves to the Lord with trusting hearts. Believing that He knows best. And placing our hearts, and our lives, truly, and wholly, in His hands.
I can only pray that the next time God tells me to do something, I don’t have a two-year-old child’s attitude in response. Why God, why? How about instead, “Thank you God for your will. Please help me to obey. And so I will – because I love you!”
Hope today’s little slice of my life may be an encouragement to you to learn to obey the Lord with a trusting, loving, yielded heart!
1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.