“Obeying Your Heavenly Father”

“Obeying Your Heavenly Father”


  If we love our earthly fathers, we respect and

obey them. As adults, we are grateful that they disciplined us out of love and

protection. These things are true not only of our relationships with our

natural fathers, but also of our heavenly Father. To enter the Kingdom of God,

we must have a child-like heart of trust, knowing that He loves us far more

than any earthly father could and that His instructions are for our good. We

are blessed when we remain teachable, with child-like faith and yield to our Father’s

correction. “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, “Suffer little

children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of

God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a

little child shall in no wise enter therein” (Luke 18:16-17).

Jesus is our supreme example of

obedience, desiring to please His Father at all times. He never did anything

except what His Father desired Him to do. He was obedient to the point of

death, yielding Himself to the cross. The sacrifice of the perfectly obedient

Son of God made it possible to save many disobedient sons.

Obedience is the evidence that we are

true disciples of Christ. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my

commandments” (John 14:15). For most Christians, learning submission to

Our Father’s will is the hardest lesson to learn, but if we rebel at His

leading, we will suffer for our disobedience. God never wants us to be hurt or

suffer at Satan’s hand, but if we disobey God, we may reap the consequences of

our own sin. The Bible gives numerous warnings that obedience brings blessing

and disobedience leads to destruction: “Come now, and let us reason

together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as

white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be

willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and

rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath

spoken it” (Isaiah 1:18-20).