Or maybe, you decide to not listen so intently so you can feign innocence and declare that you just missed the memo?
I've had experiences with both scenarios. But, because I am a rule-follower at heart and really hate to disappoint, I finally come around and do what He wants me to do.
But recently, I haven't been obeying just because I'm afraid of consequences or disappointing God. I'm obeying because I genuinely trust that He knows what He's doing. And, honestly, obedience has become an act of pleasing because I love Him and not because I'm afraid of being ousted from the family.
It's taken me a long time to get to this point. And, there are times I still slip back into old thought patterns, but I'm starting to see the positives of going...willingly. With a smile. With joy. With trust. With hope.
Challenge: Evaluate your state of willingness. Examine the heart behind your current state.
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