Rational Obedience

We all know we should be obedient.  You know.  Things like giving, serving, prayer.  God tells us to do these things.  But we don’t want people to get the idea that God is a task master, that He just tells us to do things without a good reason.

So we try to help.  We come up with rational reasons for God to tell us to do theses things.  Giving promotes an attitude of generosity and sets our dependence on God as our source instead of our abilities.  Serving promotes in us a sense of humility.  Prayer gets our focus on Him instead of our problems.

See.  That’s all good.  God needed our help.  He needed our rational explanations for His commands.

Trouble is this leads to rational giving instead of radical giving.  It leads to reasonable serving instead of sacrificial serving.  And the prayer thing.  Well we don’t need to get carried away with this stuff, do we?

You know it’s just one baby step from rational obedience to rationalized obedience.  Pretty soon we find ourselves giving on our terms instead of His.  We find that we are serving by our standards instead of His.  And the prayer thing?  Well see that’s the trouble.  We don’t get carried away.

So I guess it doesn’t hurt to come up with reasons why God has commanded.  But really in the end…

You know what it’s like to tell your kids (or your grandkids) to do something.  They come back with ‘why do I have to?’ or ‘why can’t I?’.  Till finally you get tired of it and say…

Because I said so.

Maybe that’s how we should look at God’s commands.  Instead of coming up with reasons, being rational, rationalizing maybe we should just do it…

Because He said so.


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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