Scooter, our new puppy, had his first obedience class last week. Hubby and I had our noses glued to the back door in utter amazement that Scooter was responding so well and so quickly to the trainer. “Why doesn’t he do that for us?” we thought, “after all, we feed him.”
Our Scooter was an “A” student for sure, however brief a period it was. We learned a lot about behavior that day and were reminded to take baby steps for commands to work. Now we practice every day … several times a day … and the obedience training is working for us, too.
Over the years I’ve had a lot of obedience lessons … school, church, and especially life. As much as I hate to admit it, obedience is a lesson that we all must, sometimes reluctantly, learn over and over again.
Oswald Chambers wrote: “The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear. If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says …. If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself.”
I’ve been reminded with these classes that when we are obedient, we show God that we love Him and have more faith in Him than we do in ourselves. To obey God means to relinquish what we want and to choose to do what He asks.
“Obedience is the key to real faith.” (Chuck Colson)
John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments”