Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me.
One of the things that each of us should learn is the art of obedience. I myself is still in the process of developing the art of following commands.
We children, once of many times in our life, had been disobedient to rules and regulations. If a survey would be done, only a few will be found to be law abiding citizens. “You can eat anything except the fruit of the tree located at the center of the Garden,” God said. However, Eve and Adam did not obey God and so is the start of their life outside the paradise of Eden.
Why do we often disobey? Some reasons include desire for independence, curiosity, stubbornness or slothfulness. Whatever our reasons are, it is not right to disobey especially if the result of following what we are instructed is for our own good. Notice, those who obey are those who enters the right track and they can expect good things to come their way.
Jonas was swallowed by the big fish when he refused to go and spread God’s words in Nineveh. Moses did not see the promise land because he struck the rock in Horeb instead of speaking to it just as what he was told to. On the other hand, Noah survived the great flood because he followed what God had commanded Him. Joseph, despite his doubt of Mary’s innocence took care of mother Mary and followed what the angel had told him. These stories are just some of the biblical situations that had happened showing the difference of obedience and disobedience results.
We know now for a fact the possible effects of disobedience. The logic is so simple, obey and be blessed or go on your own way and accept the consequence. The answer is in our hands.