Joyce & Obedience

Last Friday I had the treat of going to hear Joyce Meyer speak.  If you’ve never heard her, you are missing out.  She is a delight!  When it comes to Joyce, there’s no sugar coating; she just tells it like it is.  Yet even with her very direct speaking style, she always leaves you wanting to go so much deeper in your faith.

Typically, when I go to a women’s conference, I’m always excited and expectant, wondering what it is that God may have in store for me?  They are a great time to refresh, recharge, and be reminded of who God is, what His promises are, and what He may be calling us to do.

You can imagine my disappointment when Joyce said she was going to talk to us about discipline and obedience…not quite the “warm & fuzzys” I was looking for.    

From the day I was born, obedience has not been my strong suit.  As a little girl, if my mom would put me in my room and tell me not to leave, with my hands on my hips, I would look right in her eyes and put my foot right over the threshold of my bedroom, just to test her.  I did not like to obey and I did not like to hear the word “no”.

So, I can’t exactly say I was thrilled to be sitting through a talk on obedience on a Friday night.  Yet, during that hour, my eyes began to open to see just how important obedience is to God.  Not in a way where He gives us a list of things we can and can’t do and expects us to follow them all, but in a way that is designed to bring us closer to Him. 

One of the verses she shared with us was Deuteronomy 6:17-18

“You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God and His exhortations and His statutes which He commanded you.  And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers.”

In other words, “Do what I tell you to, so that you can experience the good plan I have for your life.”

Obedience isn’t about a bunch of rules and regulations, but it’s about the strength and willingness to say “no” to yourself and “yes” to God.

And here’s the thing, I may complain and come up with all kinds of excuses…I can’t, I don’t want to, it’s too hard, it’s not a good time, I think my way is better…but beyond all the excuses I can come up with, more than anything,  I want to be a woman who is willing and able to say “yes” to God.   

I believe that God has a good and perfect plan for my life, but to get to that place, it starts by being obedient and disciplined in the small things, so that when the bigger things come my way, I’m ready!