“[B]ut I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people.” –Jeremiah 7:23a
There’s one person in every dog-owning family whom the dog prefers above everyone else. In our family that person is me. Lexi obeys me more readily than anyone else. That’s because I spend more time with her. She has a lot of practice being obedient to me. If she wasn’t obedient to me, I couldn’t really say that she was my dog. If we aren’t obedient to God, we can’t really say we’re his people. If we don’t obey him, we can’t really say he’s our God. Of course he’s always GOD, Creator of the universe, omniscient and omnipotent and omnipresent, infinite in wisdom, power, and love—but he isn’t our God if we don’t revere him. If Lexi didn’t obey me, she’d just be a smelly sixty-five pound freeloader who slept on our couch. Our bond is established by her obedience. Obedience builds trust and confidence and love. Christians aren’t freeloaders on God’s mercy; we’re obedient to the God we love and trust.
Dear God, Teach me to be obedient so that you will be my God and I will be your people. Amen