As we read through Scripture, over and over again we read that God (or Jesus) spoke and whatever or whomever He spoke to obeyed.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen 1:3
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. Gen 1:9
And God said… and it was so. Gen 1:11, 14-15, 24, 29-31
And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah…And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land. Jonah 1:17, 2:10
And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. Matthew 8:14-15
Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Matthew 8:26-27
And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. Matthew 8:31-32
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth… Luke 1:26
Did you just skip over the Scriptures? Caught ya! I know the temptation because I often catch myself doing it too. If you skipped them please go back and read them.
All of His creation obeys Him – well, almost.
Creation happened as God spoke. Creation was a combination of matter obeying Him and God speaking matter into existence out of nothing!!!! Mind blown.
Fish obey Him.
Disease obeys Him.
Nature obeys Him.
Demons obey Him.
Angels obey Him.
If you stop and think about it, it would be funny to think of the giant fish arguing with God when he was told to go swallow Jonah or the wind refusing to blow or the sun deciding to check out another galaxy. We chuckle but it’s absurd. We know that each of these things are under the sovereign control and divine hand of God.
Yet when God calls us to obedience or to resist temptation we take a moment or more to make a decision – shall I or shall I not?
How is it that we – the ones for whom Jesus died—think we have the freedom to choose whether to obey or not?
I am speaking to myself here this morning; thanks for listening in.
Diane Hunt Diane serves part time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a Biblical Counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.