We live within a few hours of various military bases. I have often thought of the problems I would have experienced in that career because of my difficulty in following orders and directions without understanding their reasons. This attitude has created numerous problems in both my personal and spiritual life.
Over the years it has been hard to accept the ongoing pain and physical problems that God has allowed in my life. I have felt that if I were given an explanation of why this was happening and understood it, I could accept it much more easily. Thankfully my faith and trust in God and His decisions is increasing, but many times I still struggle.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July today, I am reminded of why many wars have been fought–for freedom. In order to reach that goal soldiers had to follow orders and be obedient. If they were like me they might have said. “Why can’t I go in that direction? Why can’t I be with that division? Can you tell me the ultimate goal of the mission?” Chaos would have reigned, battles would not have been won, and freedom would have been lost.
My obedience to God brings me freedom and victory. By yielding to Him and His loving and purposeful plan for my life, I experience freedom from fear, anxiety, hopelessness, discouragement, the need for control, and countless other negative emotions. But I must trust and obey, having the faith to believe that His way is best, regardless of how little I understand it or agree with it at the time.
My “commanding officer” has been through basic training here on earth. There is no battle He has not fought personally, so He is well-deserving of my unwavering obedience. Earthly freedom and independence may come and go, but my freedom from sin and its harmful thoughts and behaviors is an eternal independence that I can claim every day. That’s cause for celebration!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I thank you for my earthly freedom, I also thank you for the spiritual freedom You give as I walk in trust and obedience to You.
About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
You can now read this on your Kindle. Find out more at http://TodaysDevotionOnKindle.com
In what aspects of your life do you want to experience more of God’s freedom by trusting His decisions?