by Jeanne Dennis
Mom asked Lily to get her math book so she could do her homework. While getting the book, Lily noticed some dirty plates and cups that hadn’t made it to the sink. She carried the dishes to the kitchen and washed them.
Although Mom commended Lily for helping, she reminded her she had asked Lily only to get the book. Due to their schedule, Lily needed that time for homework.
Aren’t we often like Lily? God makes it clear He wants us to do something. Then we get sidetracked. We see a need that seems greater or a job we think requires our immediate attention. With something difficult, like asking someone’s forgiveness, we might procrastinate.
Maybe God’s assignment seems too simple. Although we intend to obey, we think we know better and do the task our way, or we add something extra we think will please Him.
Remember when Saul failed to destroy everything as God had commanded (1 Samuel 15)? Instead of obeying God, Saul saved the best of the sheep and cattle to offer as sacrifices. Perhaps Saul had good intentions, but he still disobeyed.
As a result, God regretted making Saul king. “And Samuel said, ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams’” (1 Samuel 15:22 ESV).
In our children’s book Annabella’s Crown, Princess Annabella works hard doing jobs her father hasn’t asked her to do. As a result, she’s too busy to do the simple things he asks.
Like Lily and Annabella, we need to focus on what’s most important. With God, simple obedience is key. When, out of love for Him, we obey what God asks of us—without delay or embellishment—joy always follows.
Jeanne Dennis has published 13 books for children and adults. Elk Lake Publishing will release Annabella’s Crown in late summer. Jeanne’s ministry, Heritage of Truth, helps families nurture lifelong confidence in biblical truth, providing resources to support growing faith and explain biblical worldview in compelling and understandable ways. https://jeannedennis.com, www.facebook.com/jeanne.g.dennis