About a month ago, before our preseason started, I decided to try kickboxing for the first time with a couple of friends. If you have ever done a kickboxing workout, you know it’s not easy. Nevertheless, I thought it would be nice to have a change of pace from my normal weight training.
I found my experience to be fascinating. Our trainer, Lacey, was a small yet incredibly tough looking girl about my own age. I had never met Lacey before and will likely never see her again, but I found myself giving her an unspoken, natural respect. As she shouted out commands of various exercises to do—push ups, sit ups, sprints and pounding our fists into a bag—a certain competitiveness churned inside and to obey her commands and endure and preserve the workout gave me a sort of adrenaline rush, a high, a sense of accomplishment.
It was almost as if carrying out her commands was what I was destined to do. It’s as if I was created to Obey.
Ironically, the Lord has been teaching me obedience lately. But His commands are not like Lacey’s, strong and loud. His commands are a quiet, still voice that I must seek in my own quiet time, with ears wide open to hear. His commands come gently through his Living Word and the Holy Spirit that dwells inside my heart. Yet His commands are stronger than any other commands I hear from trainers and coaches alike.
Perhaps His command is to forgive someone, to seek an old friend, to act or encourage a teammate. Sometimes His commands are easy to obey, but usually, I hear His commands and shy away. I hesitate.
Psalm 119:60, 115: “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands…. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!”
Our God, like a coach, gives us commands that He intends us to obey instantly, without delay.
And when you are in the act of obedience, you will feel a more still, satisfying calming in your heart—A sense of accomplishment, as if you were destined and created to obey.