Last week was about the combination of go and bless. As I was writing last week I felt like each of those words deserved more space. Like there was more to it than I originally thought. Before I launch into that I have to be honest with you, because I said up front that this was going to be about authenticity. It is stressful to think about writing a new and fresh blog each week. God always shows up and provides me with the words, but almost every time I get a little anxious. I want each one to be real and useful and to me, and if I’m being honest sometimes that causes some stress. So, I say all that to say it is comforting to know that the next two weeks already have topics and I already have some idea of what each one will entail. So there, I said it. I feel better, thanks.
I was listening to a podcast this past week and heard something that seemed to really pair with the idea of “going.” The two people used the word “obedience” and I immediately thought, hey that’s what it means to go.
Deuteronomy 8:6 “Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.”
Joshua 22:5 “…To love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
If you do a quick Google search on obedience in the bible you will get a ton of verses. What you will also see is that many of verses have some form of the word “walk.” It rarely just says be obedient. More often than not the phrase reads “walking in obedience” or “walk in obedience.” When I think about why they use the word walk over and over I have a couple of thoughts.
I think there is something special about moving for God. Or in this case, walking toward Him. Especially if you are scared. For you, it may not even feel like a God thing. Whatever you attribute those little nudges in life too. For me, when I feel something tugging at me, I add it to my prayers and then walk towards it. On the off chance that it is God calling me, I don’t want to miss that opportunity to follow him. That was something else mentioned the podcast I was listening to. Even if there is a faint chance that the little voice in our head is God, do I want to risk missing it? While obedience means listening it also means doing. It’s tough to discern what may be the Holy Spirit and what is just a whimsical thought. But I have to believe that God will shine brighter and make it known, the paths we should walk. What if I started to lean in and be obedient? How much would my life change?
So that’s is what I have been doing lately. This blog is one of several things I have leaned into lately and to be brutally honest I feel stretched. I find myself running on fumes. But I also feel obedient. Right now, at this moment, it feels right. I feel like I am going where God wants me to. Regardless of the fatigue and stress I know deep down I am where He wants me.
My encouragement with this post is to for you to also lean in. Especially if it scares you. There is undoubtedly something nagging at you, tugging at you that you have been thinking about lately. Seek it out. It becomes even more special when it is something God is calling you to. It may not be easy or convenient but that does not mean it isn’t right. You have probably heard it before but we grow in our weakness. Stepping out in faith will often leave you feeling weak and scared, do it anyway. I find it easier knowing that I am following something rather than leading. God is leading us in these moments. We don’t have to be the leader and take on that burden. All we have to do is simply follow. Walk in obedience.
2 Corinthians 12:10 “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
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