Is obedience important?

If you want God’s blessing on and in your life, you have to obey Him.

Bil Keane, creator of the Family Circus cartoon strip, told of a time when he was penciling one of his cartoons and his son Jeffy asked, “Daddy, how do you know what to draw?”

“God tells me,” Keane answered.

Jeffy responded, “Then why do you keep erasing parts of it?”

We tend to edit what God tells us in His word, erasing the parts we don’t like, and then wonder why God doesn’t bless us. Jesus spoke about this issue …

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears but doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins,” Luke 6:46-49.

Do you keep erasing parts of God’s message? Or are you building a life on the firm foundation of both listening to and obeying what He says?