Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Seat-belt Checks

“Seat-belt check!” The cry rang out in the station wagon. Immediately I whipped my head around to see which of the kids did, or did not, have their seat belts on. Some of my kids cheered, but others groaned.

It was a tradition in the Montgomery family. These random “seat-belt checks” went out from either Alan or myself. If the kids had their seat belts on, they got to go to 7/11 to get a treat with Dad. If they didn’t, they knew they had no one to blame but themselves. It was a way to motivate our kids to remember, on their own and without reminding, to put those important seatbelts on.

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Plus, Alan loved his own 7/11 runs, and this gave him an excuse to not only reinforce an important safety lesson, but to bless his kids—and himself—with a fun time together.

Our heavenly Father also delights when we do what He asks. And He loves it when, because of that obedience, we are in a position where He can bless us. With more of Himself. With a greater understanding of His word. With greater joy in His presence.

It isn’t that God loves us more when we obey. Nothing we do—or don’t do—will change either the fact or the measure of His love (Psalm 13:5-6). But one of the blessings resulting from our obedience is that it opens our hearts and minds to recognize more fully the wonderful things He has already given us. A cool breeze on a warm summer day. A rich conversation with a good friend. The soul satisfaction of offering worship to the unchanging Giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). The deep delight of walking in the richness of fellowship with our Father.

Our kids had glimpses of blessings with their earthly father, but they don’t even begin to compare with the blessings that come from obeying our heavenly Father. So buckle up!

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Psalm 54:10

Further reflection:

  1. Have there ever been times when you did not obey God?
  2. Think of a time that you did obey even when you did not feel like it.
  3. What was the outcome of each?
  4. What were the blessings you found as a result of your obedience?

Father, You are a great Dad! I want to walk with You, hearing and obeying Your voice, in such a way that my heart and mind are open to see all the many blessings You give. Thank You, that whether I do that or not, Your love for me is unfailing and unchanging.

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