What Does God Say About Obedience?

September 2, 2021

For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name…

Philippians 2:9

Written by Phil Byerly from the Brentwood Campus

Big Problems Need Big Answers

We’ve all been forced to make difficult decisions in order to resolve complex problems or conflicts. Have you ever heard or used phrases like: “That’s above my pay grade,” “We need to go up a level,” or “We need to take it to the top?” Big problems and conflicts are usually complex with so many pros, cons, and sensitivities. For this reason, they fall upon high authorities like a father, minister, governor, CEO, or president. These are the people we trust to make the best decisions under the current circumstances. What does God say about obedience?

 

Who’s in Charge Here?

For starters, we can go back to Philippians 2:9. Here, Paul reminds us that God exalted Christ Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name. 

There is no higher authority to whom you can take your problems and burdens than to Christ Jesus. The obedience, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus allows you 24/7 direct access to the highest level of authority. Paul goes further in Philippians 4:6-7, when he proclaims, “By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This is what God’s Word says about obedience.

 

What The Posture of Obedience?

Whenever I feel anxious about a big problem or decision, I usually find my pride has blocked me from humbling myself before God. As a result, I delay the act of petitioning Him with a grateful heart for wisdom, counsel, strength, and peace. After I lift my eyes up to God, I immediately gain peace and can then act in confidence as He leads me through His Word and guides me to wise people for counsel.

 

 

Now What?

Take a moment to consider what it would look like to truly seek God first with your problems and burdens. Reflect on your mindset—is it centered on humility and obedience as Christ’s was? Pray for the the leaders in our world, from the household to highest in authority, that they may utilize the gifts of wisdom, counsel, strength, and peace when making decisions.

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