Obedience is the Guardrail of Life

Obedience is the Guardrail of Life

Guardrails are placed for our protection along the highways during construction, heavy traffic or hill and mountain regions.  Sometimes the guardrail is the only thing between life and death.  Its ability to save your life depends on your compliance to the authority it represents.  Divine authority is a guardrail.  “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29   Civil authority is a guardrail.  “Obey those who have rule over you.” Hebrews 13:17.  Parental authority is a guardrail.  “Children obey your parents.” Colossians 3:20.

Obedience is a crucial key for success.  Isaiah 1:9 declares that good things are reserved for those who respect the guardrails God has established.  II Thessalonians 1:8 explains the consequences for those who ignore and refuse to obey them.  The life you save may be your own.

I Samuel 15:22

“To obey is better than sacrifice.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

Before you can obey, you have to know the rules.  Is God’s Word on the page or in your heart?

  • Read Deuteronomy, chapter 28.  It gives an explicit, detailed account of the blessings of obedience, and the consequences of disobedience. Bending the rules is silent rebellion against authority.  Temporary, delayed, partial, reluctant, and careless obedience is disobedience.  
  • Obey the rules.  Read Exodus 20:5, 6.  One act of disobedience can set up curses for up to four generations.  One act of obedience sets up the possibility of blessing for one-thousand generations.
  • Break the curse.  Sunday school teachers often use the story found in I Samuel, chapters 1-2, to teach children the blessing of obedience.  Samuel was a model son.  He learned as a small child to hear and obey the voice of God.  His example is still influencing every generation through the written Word of God.

“If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasure.” Job 36:11

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