Have you ever gotten chased by a dog? I haven’t but have come pretty close to it. I remember growing up and walking down the alley to get to a friend’s house. It seemed like all of my neighbors had dogs. I would walk down the alley and hear all of the dogs barking but would be determined to reach my destination so I could play double dutch with my friends down the street. The dogs would jump up and down and it seemed like they would be able to get out of the fenced yard but would never make it.
Just last week I was walking in a new subdivision in Georgia looking at some new single story homes. As I was walking, I was taking pictures with my phone. The neighborhood houses were beautiful. All of the sudden, I heard a door to a house open. I turned to my left and saw a man and a woman come out of the door. Behind them came a little tan dog. The dog began to bark loudly and came charging at me. I tried to remain calm and kept walking at my same pace. He kept coming, barking louder and running faster. I just knew that I was going to get bitten by this little dog.
To my surprise, the little dog stopped. The owner had called his name and he obeyed the command of “stop.” He stopped before biting me on my ankle and turned around and ran back to his owner. I was so glad and relieved that the dog was well trained and obedient.
As I continued to walk down the sidewalk, I began to think about my encounter with the dog. I was in awe that the dog stopped and did not attack me. He was obedient. That got me to thinking about what the word obey means; to submit to authority, to follow orders.
Throughout the Bible there are people that were obedient to the commands of God. One such person was Abraham. In Genesis, chapter 12, we find the following words…The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you. I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you, I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy -five years old when he set out from Haran. (Genesis 12:1-4)
Wow, what a great act of obedience! He left his home and friends to travel to a land that God was going to show him. He left what was familiar territory to go to the unknown. Abram chose to be obedient and hold on to the promise of God that He would guide and bless him. And as a result of Abram’s obedience a nation of people were blessed.
Obedience pleases the Father. Each act of obedience puts a smile on His face. What are some areas in your life that you need to listen and obey? His words and commands are for our good and all for His glory!