I love it when I ask one of my children to do something and they respond with, “Okay.” Then they immediately stop what they are doing and follow through on what I have just asked. While these occasions are rare, I can only imagine that the way I feel as a parent is similar to how God must feel when I do the same.
Can you imagine how differently things would be if we obeyed the Lord without questions. If we didn’t ask “Why?” or “How?” but just moved forward with un-abandoned trust in Him?
One of the best examples of this is found in Matthew 4:18-20. Jesus has just begun to come on the scene and He is walking beside the Sea of Galilee. Two fishermen, who also happen to be brothers, are going about their daily work. They are doing what they have always done. They are doing what they know best. They are doing what is comfortable.
But then suddenly Jesus interrupts their plans and says to Simon and Andrew, “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” Now if I were these guys I would have thought, “What are you talking about? Come follow you? Who are you? And what do you mean that I will fish for people?”
But I absolutely love the next sentence. It says, “At once they left their nets and followed Him.” There are two important things we can draw from this. First, they did it “at once.” They didn’t say, “Wait let me go and bury my father” as another disciple said to Jesus in Matthew 8:21. Jesus responded to that guy, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Jesus wasn’t being heartless or callous, He was simply asking for the disciple to have un-abandoned trust in Him. He wanted him to obey without questions or without delay.
Do you think its obedience when you do it but only after you first got some answers to some questions you have? If you think about it that could technically be called delayed obedience. So is that really what Jesus wants of us? To obey but to obey in our timing, or when we are good and ready? Does He want us to obey when we first have the answers, when we first get things figured out?
Jesus wants us to obey without questions. I know I need to work on this, perhaps you do as well.