The Last Word

25 Oct

Boy in PajamasOne of my (Dawn’s)  favorite humor spots in our book, LOL with God, comes from Bill and Pam’s home life, many years ago.  It’s called, “The Last Word.”

Pam wrote, “When our son Caleb was a preschooler, he was incredibly stubborn when it came to bedtime or obedience to our requests. Instead of sayng ‘No!’ in rebellion, he tried to delay obedience or prolong bedtime with a series of ridicuous quesions that were prefaced with the words, ‘Just one more thing.’

“One night, in exasperation, my husband said, ‘Caleb, you cannot delay any longer. You will be punished if you say even one more time, “Just one more thing.” So Son, get in there, pick up those toys, brush your teeth, and get in bed!’

“Caleb replied, ‘Just one more thing ~ Dad, what would my punishment be?'”

I laugh when I read about Bill and Caleb, but you know, I get like that with God sometimes, don’t you? Instead of wholehearted, absolute obedience with a happy face, I sometimes try to get away with something, all the while wondering if there is a “judgment day” for my subtle rebellion.

Subtle rebellion? Oh my … is there really such a thing when we’re talking about obeying God? No!

The same God who says “obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22) is the One who expects me to obey in the little things, not just the big whopper choices of life. No room for a “Yeah, but…” with God! It always should be a “Yes, Lord!”

As I’ve heard so often, He is either the Lord of all, or not at all. Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Ouch! (Can you feel the sting of those words, as if directed to you?) We need to read the Word with obedience in mind.

Why do we take the Word of God so lightly? Are we still trying to get in “the last word?” Let’s not. Let’s say, as Samuel did, “Speak Lord, for Your servant hears” (1 Sam. 3:10b). Let’s listen and consider our ways (Psalm 119:59) and obey.

What thoughts or scriptures help you obey the Lord? Our obedience is a proof of our love for Christ (John 14:15),  and it comes with the reward of joy! (Luke 11:28)

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