I am the average human, who owns an animal or two. In particular, I’d like to discuss just one of my animals and my experience thus far and explain how God used him to explain something to me. He is a large dog, seeing as he is a blue pit bull. His name is Sarge. He is often rowdy, is very disruptive and, more often than not, can get careless and destroy a piece of furniture or two. He is still a younger dog, a year and a half old; so this behavior is to be expected. He is still learning a lot and has a lot of years ahead of him.

Like almost every dog that God has created, he always has a sense of curiosity about him. Due to his inquisitive nature, he almost always seems to get into trouble daily. He will probably knock over the garbage can outside, bring something into the house, or even leave chew marks on the doors. When I buy him a chew toy, he seems to have it gone within a week or less — even the bigger ones. I’m sure that the reader can imagine the playful nature of this dog.

Tonight, I was on the far side of the house, fixing to read God’s Holy Word. I was walking through the master bedroom of the house when, at once, I looked back. Through the living room, and almost through the hallway, was Sarge just staring at me. His ears were back, his eyes was glaring at me. I then, wanting to see what he would do, said, “Sarge, Sarge.” Instantly, he came to me. He did not walk; but instead, he ran into my presence. I didn’t have to say his name more than twice to get him to come to me. He knew me and was obedient, even though I had gotten onto him a day before for jumping on my face while I was laying down. I told him to sit down; he did immediately, without any hesitation.

I began to pet Sarge when the Spirit seemed to come upon me and showed me a lesson through this valuable experience. I felt the impression that this is exactly how God wants us to do when He gives us a commandment. He expects all of us to be just like faithful Sarge; to come when He says, to go where He shows us, and to do as He commands us. Let’s consider some verses that God’s Word shows us concerning obedience:

Deuteronomy 11:27-28 (KJV)
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: [28] And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

Deuteronomy 27:10 (KJV)
Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.

1 Samuel 12:14-15 (KJV)
If ye will fear the Lord , and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord , then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the Lord your God: [15] But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord , but rebel against the commandment of the Lord , then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.

1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Romans 6:16 (KJV)
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

There are many other verses in God’s Word that speak concerning obedience to God. 1 Samuel 12:14 tells us that if we fear The Lord, and obey Him, He will bless us. But if we rebel against God and refuse to obey Him, He will curse us. This is all that God wants — He wants to bring us into a stage of obedience to Him. We read in His Word that His commandments are not burdensome or grievous, as this verse shows:

1 John 5:3 (KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Dear friends, all God wants out of us is for us to learn to obey Him in all that we do. It does seem hard for us, but all of His commandments are for our own sakes. Perhaps we may not see this at this present time, but as we walk in obedience to The Lord, we will learn that all of His commandments have our interests at heart.

For example, it’s written that we need to obey the authorities that are on the Earth. Ponder on the following verses:

Romans 13:1-3 (KJV)
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. [2] Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. [3] For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

The verses above tell us that we need to be subject, or to obey, the authorities on Earth. This means we need to obey the Prime Ministers, Presidents, Governors, and so on. The verses tell us that if we do good, we have nothing to fear. By giving us this commandment, God’s advice, if we choose to follow it and apply it, will keep us out of trouble with the government. We won’t have to be criminals who are constantly living in fear and never getting any rest.

In reality, my friends, just like the commandment above, all of them are for our own benefit. Each one God spoke, He was thinking of us. This is why He wants to bring us into obedience to His laws and His commandments. He loves us so much that He actually cares about us — He doesn’t want our lives to be terrible on Earth, He wants them to be joyful in His Spirit.

My main point is, we need to be just like Sarge: faithful and obedient. Often times and through most of our lives, we may be very disobedient to God; even up to weeks at a time. But, this shouldn’t be so. Let’s all strive to become obedient children to our Father in Heaven, who loves us so dearly. May God bless you and keep you.