As a parent of a 7- and 5-year-old, experiencing blatant disobedience is very common. Whether it is a command to not hit your sister, not to eat a certain thing right before bed, or any of the other thousand redirections we give our children each day, disobedience is common.

Do we really ever grow out of that? Sure, the behaviors change, but the desire to do what we want, when we want to do it is still strong and enticing.

Recently, I have learned this the hard way ... again.

About this time last year, I was on a high of “I can do anything” which can be both good and bad. God has created us all in a way that we are capable of achieving goals and doing hard things. However, those efforts and struggles are not worthwhile if they are not in line with what God has for us, when He has them in store for us. Sometimes the hardest thing to hear and obey is “not right now,” Trying to manipulate God’s timing to fit into ours is unsatisfying and ultimately, disobedience.

I think we all know deep down when we are not obeying what God wants. I think we can all agree that at some point, we finally understand what God is showing us and begin the journey back to obedience.

Think and Pray

A few questions to consider:

  1. Has disobedience ever worked out in the long run?
  2. What’s holding you back from obedience?
  3. What can you do TODAY to give the reins back to God?

Lord, thank You for the grace and mercy that You so freely give, even in the midst of our blatant disobedience. We know that Your plans and timing for our lives are better than we could ever imagine. Please give us the courage to obey what You have instructed us to do right away. Amen.

Tyler DuBose has served on staff with CBMC since 2019, supporting volunteer leaders in cities across the USA where CBMC is just getting started. He is also a leadership coach with GiANT Worldwide, providing self-development and leadership training to individuals, teams, and organizations. His passion is relationship-building – connecting, challenging, and encouraging others to be who God has designed them to be.