Obedience, Not Outcome


A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2)

It’s easy to get caught up in making decisions based on the perceived outcome of our actions. But what we must always remember in our decision-making process, whether they are major decisions or minor ones, is that they must never be based on the possible outcome. Our decisions must always be based on obedience to our God. Read on and be encouraged today; perhaps you will be challenged as well!

In order to do what God would have us do, we must place our own will in the neutral position, giving God the free reign to move us in His direction. This is the key to making decisions based on obedience to God and His Word, not a particular outcome we are hoping for. This also means we must be cautious about heeding counsel we receive. To be sure, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). Yet even when we seek the counsel of many, we must make sure we are listening for His still, small voice, for we are all prone to give greater emphasis to what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear.

When we place our will in neutral, we are living life in a surrendered posture that acknowledges that God knows the best way forward for us. And the best way forward will always be based on obedience, not outcome. Jesus is not only our Savior, He is our Lord; and as Lord, He has the right to do anything He wants to do with us. We must remember we are clay in the Potter’s perfect hand, and it is through our acts of faithful obedience that He shapes us into the image of our Savior.

It is natural to make decisions based on perceived outcomes; sin comes naturally to us! But as disciples of Jesus, we are to live supernaturally, making decisions based on obedience to the One who has promised to give us the desires of our hearts as we trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding.

So regardless of the decisions you are facing today, whether major or minor, look past the intended outcome to make sure that whatever decision you make is rooted in obedience to the will of the God, who weighs our hearts, who knows our every step, and who has promised never to leave us or forsake us.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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