The orders were clear but the task was difficult. The elite force had to use the cover of night to sneak into the terrorist compound. They knew they had to perform a task that was unusually harsh. They also knew that their obedience would call for the risking of their very lives. However, the mission was worth it. The Seal team accomplished their task of carrying out a harsh obedience.
Not everything a child of God is instructed to do is easy or pleasant. I think of Abraham who was told by God to sacrifice his only son on Mt. Moriah. Of course this was a test, but for Abraham it was real and his hand held the knife of a willing obedience to God. Jesus of course is our supreme example of carrying out a harsh obedience. The cross was more than physical suffering for our Lord it also meant the shame of sin being placed on Him and separation from His Father. But this harsh obedience of our Lord was described as worth it all. Hebrews 12:2 tells us: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
Sometimes God’s Word instructs us to go in a direction that seems uphill. Sometimes His ways go against our ways and our old sinful nature groans. Living a biblical lifestyle in an age that has seemed to have thrown out the book is not easy. Going against the current of political correct thinking may seem like paddling upstream in a flooded river. But God has promised His blessing on those who obey Him. He tells us in Psalm 1:1,3: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful… and whatever he does shall prosper”.
Are you facing a harsh obedience in your walk with Christ? Stand firm and remember that you are not alone, He stands right with you.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation