you heard this song in Sunday school or Jr. church? It goes like
is the very best way
To show that you believe:
Doing exactly what the Lord commands,
Doing it happily.
Action is the key--do it immediately,
The joy you will receive!
Obedience is the very best way
To show that you believe.
O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E (Yes, sir!)
Obedience is the very best way
To show that you believe."
you humming the tune while you read that? I was while typing it.
Yes, I learned that song at an early age and came to know it well.
At first, it was just a cute song
that taught me to spell a very long word. But, over the years, that
song came to have a different meaning in my life.
You see, my mom also knew that song,
and at times, when I'd stall or grumble at things she asked me to
do, she would start to sing. "Obedience is the very best way, to
show that you believe…"
Soon, I hated that song. I hated the
words, I hated the tune, and I especially hated it when I
had to sing that song. It just rubbed me the wrong way. Why did
I always have to do whatever my parents or teachers
told me to do when they wanted me to do it (and it seemed
they had opinions about everything I did every moment of
"I'd like to tell them what to do
all day and see how they'd like it," I thought. I had it all planned
out. When they wanted to sleep in, I'd make them get up. If they
wanted to eat Fruit Loops, I'd give them Grape Nuts. If they wanted
to watch TV, I'd make them scrub the bathroom floor. It would be
The only problem with my plan was
that most of the things I planned to deny them, they did not seem
to enjoy anyway. My Mom virtually never slept in, ate sugary sweet
cereal, and she often was found cleaning the house while I watched
"Grownups just don't like to do fun
things any more," I thought.
I have news for you. I AM a
grownup! And yes, I still like to do fun things! Yes, I'd like to
sleep late every morning, and there is no one to force me
to get up early! But I still get up (guess why!) because I have
to wake up a little boy, fix his breakfast, pick out his clothes,
and send him off to school.
I like to watch TV--but it's not so
much fun watching TV in a smelly, dirty, messy house, and if I don't
clean it (guess what!) no one will.
I'd like to eat sugary cereals and
snacks, but I don't want my waistline to disappear until I resemble
What am I trying to say? I'm saying
that I've learned that being an adult doesn't mean you have any
more freedom than you did as a kid--you still have to do things
you don't want to do all day long! The only difference is that,
as an adult, there is no one there to check on you, to remind you
to do things, to keep you on schedule. You have to do all that yourself.
So, maybe "obedience" is not such
a dirty word after all. It just means someone is helping you learn
how to be responsible for your own self as well as your future home
It also helps to realize
that everyone must obey someone. Even the people who seem to be
you around must submit
to police officers, employers and preachers. Ultimately, everyone
is responsible to obey God.
God takes obedience very seriously.
Did you know that God once rejected a king because of his disobedience?
That notorious king was King Saul.
God instructed him, through Samuel the prophet, to go to battle
against the Amalekites and to "utterly destroy all that they have,
and spare them not" (I Samuel 15:3).
Well, Saul went to battle against
Amalek, and God helped Israel to win a mighty victory that day.
However, the Bible says that "Saul and the people spared Agag (the
king of Amalek), and the best of the sheep…and all that was good,
and would not utterly destroy them" (v. 9).
When God saw that Saul had kept the
king alive for his own bragging rights and had also saved all the
healthy looking animals alive, he was sorry he had ever made Saul
king, and he sent Samuel to tell him so.
Well, when Saul saw Samuel coming,
he went to meet him with a happy greeting. "Blessed be thou of the
LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD," said Saul (v.
"Oh, really?" replied Samuel, "If
you obeyed God, why does it sound like a farmyard around here?"
"Oh, those," Saul said, "we just saved
those to make a big sacrifice to God, to thank Him for helping us
in the battle."
Then Samuel said these well-known
words: "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice" (v. 22).
Saul thought he had a really good
reason for disobeying God's command--after all, he destroyed most
of the Amalekites and their possessions, and he was planning to
use the animals to make a big, showy sacrifice to God. He was just
bending the rules a little, and he was convinced that he
was doing the right thing.
The only problem is, God did not want
his showy sacrifice. God wanted Saul to demonstrate by his obedience
that he loved and trusted God. Instead, Saul had showed God that
he trusted himself, not God, to know what was best for Saul's life.
Why don't you read the entire story
in I Samuel 15-16, and consider this: What do your actions show
God? What do your actions demonstrate toward your parents? Does
your loving obedience show honor and trust in them that they know
what is best? Or do you doubt their ability to lead you in the best
path for your life?
If obedience is hard for you, ask
yourself why. Is it because you doubt the good intentions of those
who are trying to lead you? Do you think they aren't smart enough
to know what's best for you? Are they asking you to do something
that disagrees with God's Word? If not, then remember the words
of the "Obedience" song: "Obedience is the very best way to show
that you believe."
To show that you believe what? To
show that you believe that God is in control of your life and that
if you obey Him, He will work all things out for good. To show that
you believe that God gave you parents, teachers, and other people
to obey to test your faith in Him. To show that you believe that
you don't know it all, and that you aren't too proud to learn from
Take a moment to consider: what do
your actions show that you believe? Then ask God how you could improve
in the area of obedience, and listen quietly for His response.