Letting God Lead – Freedom in Obedience
Key Bible Verse: And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day. – Deuteronomy 6:24
Dig Deeper: Deuteronomy 6
I was asked to lead an organization that I loved. I had been in business leadership and consulting for more than 30 years. It seemed like everything I had accomplished had prepared me for this appointment. From that experience the normal approach would be to develop a formal process for this company with a vision, strategy, and plan, and then to work that plan.
However, I had begun to sense the need to listen for God’s direction, agree with him, and then act in obedience. Now, this was quite different from how I would normally have approached leadership.
Over the next few months, I continued to ask God for his direction and listened when he gave it. His direction came through the wisdom of trusted friends, through the hundreds of emails I received, through prayer, through time spent in the Word of God, and in the correcting and confirming peace sent by God.
The agreement of our board and leadership regarding this new direction gave us the confidence to make hard decisions, change the way we did things, and to carry on—even when things didn’t go as anticipated. There was freedom and fulfillment in this kind of action.
—Dan Brokke in I³—Identity, Integrity, Impact
My Response: A time I experienced freedom and fulfillment through obedience was …
Thought to Apply: Obedience is the road to freedom.—C. S. Lewis (British scholar, Christian writer)
Adapted from I³—Identity, Integrity, Impact (Summerside Press, 2009)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, it’s easy to say I follow you; it’s much harder to show it by the way I live; help me, with your empowering Spirit, to choose daily to live in obedience to your calling.