John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself .
Faith and belief are of the heart and invisible to men. Obedience is seen in our outward conduct, and it may be observed by men. When a Christian obeys God, he gives the only possible evidence that in his heart he believes God. Obedience is not some sort of depressing, long faced act of endurance. There is joy and peace in doing what is right.
We live in a generation who are always wanting reasons, always wanting alternatives or options to choose from, always wanting to know what are the benefits in it for me. If the reasons are reasonable, if the options are acceptable, if the benefits are appealing then we’ll obey. True faith obeys, it doesn’t reason or rationalize. In Mark 1:39-45 after Jesus healed the leper, He instructed him to not tell it to any man but to show himself to the priest as the Law prescribed. Instead he went out and made it public everywhere. This one mans act of disobedience made it so that Jesus could no longer openly enter into that city. Imagine that, one man’s disobedience affected the ministry of Jesus in a city. It is forever written in Scripture that the leper was wrong and Jesus was right. We often minimize disobedience and fail to see the importance of obedience, but remember these three thoughts:
1) God seldom gives us all the reasons for His commands to obey.
2) Obedience is not about the measure or size of the command to obey but the Master behind it.
3) God is smarter than we are.
Sometimes we have to obey in order to know and understand. Jesus said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself John 7:17.” I’m sure Noah did not fully understand what was going to happen when God told him to obey and build an ark but after the Flood subsided, I’m sure he was glad that he did obey.