Back in the dark ages, when I was student teaching, there was a first year teacher, Mr. Taylor. I can remember sitting at the round table in the teacher’s lounge listening to him complain about the students not obeying him. He would tell them to do something and they would habitually ask him why. His response was the classic, “Because I told you so..” His point: If I tell them, they should just do it and not question why.
How many times have I been given a command from God and I turn around at ask, “Why?” I know God has my best interest and He would never steer me wrong. There should never be a question as to why. Yet, I question, “Why now?” or “Why not so-n-so?” or “Why can’t I wait until I’m ready?” I can picture God leaning over to Jesus and saying, “Because I told her so…”
Proverbs 10:8a, “The wise in heart accept commands.”
The path to happiness and honor is to be obedient. Think about it..if I am obedient, God is in control and I no longer have the delegation of responsibility. That takes a load off of my shoulders. I would rather have a wise heart, honor and happiness.. wouldn’t you?
“but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8b
If you are anything like me, I sometimes tell God the reasons why I don’t need to do what He as commanded. It can be out of fear. I chatter away giving excuse after excuse. I have even gone as far as to find a replacement for me. “See God, I have this friend and she is so much better at this than I…” In reality, I am just putting it off to buy me more time to figure out how I can get out of it. Making excuses and asking why are forms of resistance which causes delay, frustration, and most likely failure. YUCK!
I really would rather be wise than a fool. So, it is time for me to challenge myself to stop making excuses and chattering up good reasons why I shouldn’t do things. I will be obedient.. “within reason” just popped into my head…OH BOY I have a long road ahead of me!!