Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Musings - Obedience

As I've been rereading the book of Genesis this year, I've been struck once again by the examples of obedience (and disobedience!) that fill this first book of the Bible. Biblical obedience simply means hearing God's Word and acting accordingly. Such a simple definition for something that is often difficult in a world that shouts for us to find our own way and to do certain things (or not do certain things) so that we'll fit in and be accepted. However, the Biblical examples clearly demonstrate that obedience to God leads to blessings, while disobedience leads to undesirable consequences.

The story of Noah and the flood is familiar to many and provides a wonderful example of obedience. Noah built an ark based on God's directions. Genesis 6:22 tells us that Noah did all that God commanded him.


Noah was a righteous man who walked with God, yet it must have been difficult to stand strong through the ridicule and questions that surely came his way as he spent years building the ark. Yet, he and his family were saved because of his obedience.


I have to admit that I'm glad God hasn't called me to build a boat in my front yard. (In fact, I'm pretty sure it's against our homeowner's association's regulations!) However, as God is calling me to share more and more about Him through illustrated Bible journaling classes and opportunities to teach, I want to follow the examples He's given us in His Word and do "all that He commands."

7 comments:

Sandra said...

Your first paragraph has really struck a code with me, it so true

Karen said...

I just finished reading Genesis a few weeks ago. I don't know that I'd ever read the whole book straight through, but I certainly knew most of the stories from growing up and hearing scripture every Sunday.

Barbara Eads said...

I love your artwork. I think it's a wonderful way to combine your spirituality with your art. Unfortunately for me, I cannot draw a single thing! Still, it would be fun to stumble upon a bible illustrated like yours.

Alison said...

I love your illustrations! Xx

Juliann in WA said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have been thinking a lot about God's call in my life through creation. I also want to start journaling in my Bible but every time I pick up my pens I freeze. I know I just need to start.

Susanne said...

Standing strong in obedience - that's something I certainly need to ponder more.

Stephanie Brown said...

Just finished the lesson for tonight about Judah and Tamar. Judah was definately not standing strong in obedience to God. The illustration was fun though.