November 12, 2012

Disobedience Disrupts

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 12, 2012

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” Jonah 1:12

Disobedience is indiscriminate in its influence. It exploits the emotional psyche of children who feel abandonment from their parents’ divorce. One person’s mismanagement of money can bring down the financial fortunes of a company, church, ministry, government or family. One bad decision can cause a series of negative scenarios. Sin is not experienced in a vacuum, its tentacles of trouble wrap around innocent lives.
Because Jonah ran from God he brought into relationships his baggage of disobedience. Innocent bystanders became victims of one man’s foolish behavior. We all have to examine our hearts and make sure we are not projecting our problems onto other people. Are we bringing unresolved anger into our marriage or workplace relationships? Are we running from God or toward God? Indeed, obedience is the remedy for disobedience.

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19

Are you comfortable with a sin that brings discomfort to those around you? What will it take for you to release it to God, before He releases you to the enemy? Yes, willful disobedience is a dangerous game. It is like an unrighteous round of Russian roulette that commits spiritual suicide. But you do not have to gamble with God. The bets of bad behavior are off when you confess, repent and turn to Christ. He brings calm to the storm.

Moreover, if you are an innocent bystander to another’s bad behavior, look to God for relief. Give them to Him for His care and concern. It is hard to not be fearful of their fate and yours, however you can trust Jesus to judge wisely. Your obedience to Christ models the cure for your friend’s disobedience. And, be willing to release the relationship, so they suffer the consequences and believe God. Pain can produce obedience and salvation.

“Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” Hebrews 5:8-9

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me a heart of obedience and prayer for the disobedient.

Related Readings: Jeremiah 7:23; 2 Samuel 24:17; Acts 15:11; Philippians 2:8

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  1. maria says:

    We moved to Wisconsin a year ago and our daughter has truly tested our faith, she’s run away from home and she’s in sin at the moment. my husband and i are constantly praying and leaning to God for hope and peace in our lives. mostly for my daughter’s heart to be open for Gods will in her life. I want to thank you for your devotions, every time i read them brings me closer to Him and fills my cup…. you are a blessing to me. THANK YOU.

  2. randy says:

    “Sin is not experienced in a vacuum, its tentacles of trouble wrap around innocent lives.” that is so powerful Boyd and why we need a Savior for not only ourselves but for our family and friends.

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