Danny has told me that not all rules are easy or even understandable. Sometimes he doesn’t even want to learn; he reminds me that after all he is a cat, not a human, and I am not able to comprehend his life. I remind him that I am the boss of this house and he doesn’t need to understand, simply to obey. It seems very logical to me, after all this is my home. Hmm! I wonder! Is it possible that the One who is really in charge is reminding me that this house and this land belong to Him; that He is the One who makes the rules and expects to be obeyed? In fact, as Danny knows, he cannot enforce his lifestyle on me anymore than I can enforce my lifestyle and desires on the One who made me.
In the beginning when this earth and its residents were created, God explicitly told Adam and Eve what they could and could not do – And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:16-17). This was the first law that God gave His children and it was the first law they disobeyed. I wonder what life might have been like if they had heeded this simple request.
It might be hard to understand why what they did has had to affect our lives, but you would have to admit that we all have a hard time submitting to what anyone else tells us unless we absolutely have to, and especially without muttering. We would like to think that we know better because of what we can read and often we think that we can do a better job. I wonder what finally made Danny realize that it was better to be an obedient kitty. We all prefer happiness to heartache, but surely we don’t honestly think our Creator will decide His vision is faulty and change His mind. Could we have had the peace we desire if we had simply listened and obeyed?
Obedience has always been what God has demanded. We are told that by faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8). Moses in speaking to the people the words given to him told them – And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments…to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season (Deuteronomy 11:13-14).
While most of us would agree that we at one time or another have had a hard time with obedience, God’s intent has never changed. Paul reminded those of his day That though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered (Romans 6:17). We would have to agree that for most of us disobedience in our day doesn’t usually end up with dire consequences, but this hasn’t always been true and people have and still do often pay a high price for their actions. When Peter and the apostles were healing the sick and seeing signs and wonders they were thrown into prison. Today we would probably not have an angel come and open the prison door for us, but then who knows, we might. The next day officers of the law found the apostles teaching in the temple and they brought them before the council and the high priest asked them why they were teaching when they had been commanded not to. Their answer, knowing what they might have to face was We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).
Danny says -
Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee, and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.