By Dave Henning / March 15, 2012

All teachers know that classroom management, aka student obedience, is the key to a successful learning experience.  Obedience also is essential to successful transformation in our adversity.  Often, however, we make our desert or Land Between time much more difficult than it needs to be because we aren’t obedient to God.  The Children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness because complaint was their standard operating procedure.  In The Peace God Promises, Ann Spangler makes this comparison: ” Obedience is like gasoline that powers an engine, helping it go faster.  Rather than being a word we resist, it can become a word we cherish.  For the Christian, as Eugene Peterson points out, obedience is meant to be ‘a hopeful race towards God’s promises.’  It is the key to living a life of peace.”

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  • Avatar David L. says:

    I’m led o believe that as humans we may feel that we demand obedience from those around us . Is it egocentricity? or just the inability of our own being to bow down to the Father, and be obedient to Him? I believe that our difficulty with the idea of focusing in on Him, and that means being obedient, is an act on our part to seeing our own insufficienies and just saying “yes” to Him. That can, for some be our stumbling block, to a greater relationship, a stronger one, with God. Being obedient is a discipline, and one we must work at constantly. At times I see myself saying “I can do it on my own”, and boy do I quickly find out how wrong I can be! Peace to all.

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