Obeying the Rules
Posted on November 21, 2018 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
I was praying today for a friend and asking God what, if anything, I could say to help her. I was also asking God who things were happening the way they were. I knew that I could not offer any suggestion to her because I was not getting the whole story from both points of view and did not have the big picture. Now, I’ve always been told there are two sides to every story and then there is the truth somewhere in between. So I know to be careful. But now I’ve learned that there is the Lords view and He and only He has the entire story.
So I prayed about rules and asked why, if some rules didn’t make sense, we still had to follow them. Then, the Lord in His amazing gentle way explained that whether a rule makes sense or not, He has placed the rule makers in those positions and if we choose not to follow the rules, we have taken Him off the throne of our hearts and placed ourselves there. You see, rules are there for our protection as well as for our growth. It’s like when a parent says, ‘because I said so!’ It really doesn’t matter if the child understands why, it only matters that they obey. I’ve really learned that lesson here at Keswick. I don’t always understand or like some of the rules, but I do know God has placed people in authority. If we are to grow in faith, then the lesson we need to learn is that Jesus is on the throne and that to honor and obey the rules is to honor and obey Him. If we don’t, then we are saying ‘I wanted what I wanted and it made no sense that I couldn’t do or have it…… because it would make me happy.’
We are to learn that our happiness is not what Christianity is about it is about. Obedience and the joy and peace we receive from the Father is what matters most. This was a hard lesson for me to learn in my marriage as well as in other areas of my life. I pray that if you have been struggling in this way that this will help you understand.
Written by Robbin Weinhardt: Robbin Weinhardt is a Part-Time Dining Room hostess and a Women of Character graduate. She is married to Ray Weinhardt, who works in our kitchen and is a Colony of Mercy Graduate.
Think About This: Pride takes many forms, but spiritual pride is the most grievous. To become proud of spiritual gifts or leadership position is to forget that all we have is from God, all the position we occupy is God’s appointment. — J. Oswald Sanders
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. — Romans 5:1-2