Summary: God?s requirement of obedience is not something He does to us, but something He does for us. Though today?s world may see living without rules as a dream, it would only result in destruction.
Observations On Obedience
Text: Deut.6: 24
Intro: Obedience is not a topic dealt with too often these days. We hear a lot about options, but not much about obedience. The former term implies no set standard to follow, while the latter implies the existence of some absolutes.
The â€œno absolutesâ€ philosophy has been around for a long time. It was essentially this thinking that became so popular among the hippies, during the sixties. It was often verbalized by the establishment dropouts of that rebellious era with the statement, â€œDo your own thing, man.â€ Those who advocated it often made that statement with a victorious and defiant tone. But the sad truth of the matter is that that philosophy was viciously destructive in its results upon the lives of those who practiced it. â€œFree loveâ€ (actually free sex), drugs, and defiance wreaked havoc in America during the latter half of the sixties. Much of the spiritual corruption and chaos present in our day are due to the fact that society still clings to the idea that it should be allowed to do whatever it pleases.
A few years ago some sincere and well-meaning people joined with actor, Tom Selleck, to start an organization to teach ethics in our public schools. Mr. Selleck believed that the problem among our youth was that they didnâ€™t know the difference between right and wrong. In many respects he was quite right. And we have the philosophy of â€œNo Absolutesâ€ and over-tolerant parents largely to thank for it.
God knew what He was doing when He placed restrictions on man. As the words of our text said, Godâ€™s commands and statutes are â€œâ€¦for our good alwaysâ€ (Deut.6: 24). Sadly, it seems that mankind on the whole has never really believed that truth.
Disobedience to God isnâ€™t merely a problem among the lost. Many Christians are just as guilty. It was for this reason that Moses reminded the nation of Israel of Godâ€™s commands. But included in Mosesâ€™ reminder are some valuable principles about obedience. I find both the reasons for, as well as the riches of obedience in the passage under consideration today. Notice them with me.
Theme: In making some observations on obedience, I have noticed the connection between:
I. OBEDIENCE AND GODâ€™S GRACIOUSNESS
Deut.6: 16 â€œYe shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
18a And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lordâ€¦â€
A. Obedience Produces Peace In A Person.
Deut.6: 18b â€œâ€¦that it may be well with theeâ€¦â€
NOTE:  I certainly donâ€™t want to imply that if one is right with God there will be no difficulties. That simply wouldnâ€™t be true. Jesus assured us that there would always be problems and tribulations in this sin-cursed world. But the fact remains that the Christian who is right with God can experience a calm and contentment that transcends the tragedies and turmoil of life.