Obedience means to listen to God. If we’re not listening to God and what He commands, then how are we obeying Him?
Listening to God can be achieved in two different ways:
1.) Hear His voice.
2.) Read His word.
Obeying what He says is very important and the great part is that whatever God says to your heart will never contradict the Bible. They will always agree with one another. So if you’re unsure if God is speaking to you, open up the written Word of God.
These two ways, coincidentally, cannot exist without the other.
By listening to God, we obey Him. God will never lead us astray, and He will always want you to grow in your relationship with Him.
God commands us to obey:
“but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Romans 2:8 ESV)
He stresses the importance of obedience; follow the word of God and listen to what He tells you. Often times, we’re self-doubting, insecure or unwilling to obey God when He speaks to us. Maybe we don’t think we can do what He commands, or maybe it’s a deeper issue of uncertainty. But in these times we need to remember that God has never given us a reason to not trust Him.
Of anyone in our entire existence, He is the only One who has never let us down.
Therefore, we need to put our faith and trust in Him.
What He commands will always be against our fleshly or worldly desires. This is also how we can determine if we’re hearing Gods voice, and not our own.
Deuteronomy mentions listening to The Lord:
“If you have anything to say, answer me; speak up, for I want to vindicate you. But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.” (Job 33:32, 33 NIV)
Sometimes The Lord speaks to us in silence, which is why He instructs us to be silent and listen.
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; ” (Deuteronomy 11:26, 27 NIV)
The Lord says that if we obey Him, we will be blessed.
The Lord also says to obey Him in distress:
“When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.” (Deuteronomy 4:30 NIV)
Another great verse of scripture:
“But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.” (1 Samuel 12:15 NIV)
Throughout the Bible we can find similar passages which God has commanded His people to listen to Him and to obey Him. Listening and obedience go hand-in-hand.
“Disobedience is sin, and sin separates us from God.” See Isaiah 59:2.