Our earliest memories will reflect obedience from our parents giving us instructions, directions, or rules to follow. We became Christians because of our desire to submit to the authority of the Lord. When asked or directed to follow, we seem to always beg the question, “Why do I have to (fill in the blank)?” W e require a reason before we respond! Being submissive is a challenge for most.
One of the first examples we may think of in relation to obedience is Noah. Genesis 6:8-9 shows us Noah is pleasing to God! This thought alone should motivate us to ask the question, “How can I please God?” God is our Father and the Creator of all things! Our submission to Him shouldn’t require research & sagaciousness. We should want to please God because we want to, not because we have to please Him.
Prior to the flood, Noah set himself apart from the rest of humanity. Moses (Exodus 33:17) is the only other person in the Old Testament described as finding favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah and his family were rescued from destruction because his actions and words matched. II Peter 2:5 says and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly.
Noah’s obedience fulfilled multiple parts of God’s Plan. Noah and his family were saved because they were in the protective custody of the Father whom Noah pleased. Noah warned others of the danger of disobedience, and Noah’s family was the foundation for replenishing mankind. Needless to stay, Noah’s obedience had purpose. Scripture only reveals Noah moving forward while complying. God requires results, not reservations. Is your obedience rooted in direction or desire?