Sunday, July 21, 2013

Obeying When It Doesn't Make Sense

As a parent, I sometimes give my children instructions with no further explanation.  I expect obedience.  Out of trust, (and probably a little fear!) they obey.  As they've gotten older, they've often thanked me for steering them the right way, because they can look back and see that I was working for good in their lives.

I try to remember this concept when it comes to the things of God.  We've heard the saying, "God's ways are not our own."  Some Biblical concepts are beyond our comprehension---others just require an understanding of the Bible as a whole---still others are very clear but seem difficult for us to apply to our own lives in a culture that doesn't understand.

For the past couple of years, my struggle has been with the portion of 1 Corinthians 11 that discusses head covering for women.  The Scripture is pretty clear that women are to cover, at least for the times that we now call "church services".  Beyond that, I think God is putting it on the hearts of many Christian women to cover on a mostly full-time basis. 

I've had lots of questions, and my position on the subject has gone back and forth; but the fact is that God is saying something here and I need to do what I can to be obedient.   

In each season of our lives, we'll be faced with opportunities to choose to obey God's direction to us. I think true peace comes when we pursue his higher ways and walk in obedience---even when it doesn't make sense.


  1. Thank you for the thought you bring into this topic. I really respect your heart for God, Sarah! My husband and I believe differently on this issue, but I'll be interested in hearing more on your journey with this!

    (I deleted my previous comment because it was intended for a different post on your other blog. Oops!)

  2. I enjoyed your post greatly and share your attitude. The obedience to God is the only key that unlocks the doors to everlasting peace and happiness that all people so want.

  3. I sometimes wonder why it is we expect the kids to obey without question, and yet we spend so much time ourselves asking God why.

  4. I started covering my head full-time not too long ago.

    At first I did not want to, and delved into why I should and if that was what was actually written in Corinthians.

    A lot of women say that the hair is the covering, even though it is not.

    Thank you for the post :)

  5. I always thought it was the hair. I'm a very big "hat fan" and wear them a lot, but not 100% of the time. Maybe I need to look into this. Thank you for the post. Linking with Living Proverbs 31. Kim @ Pouring Down Like Rain. www.kimadamsmorgan.com

  6. Altho I don't agree that we must wear head coverings all the time, I have respect for those that do.
    I belonged to the Episcopal church for many years and we wore lacy, pretty prayer caps any time we entered the church. Then, over the years, the church dropped this custom.

  7. thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  8. Sarah, Although it is sometimes hard to obey God's commandments, I know that we will be blessed if we do so. Although I don't believe in wearing head coverings, if this is something you feel strongly about. God will be there to help you succeed. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Hi Sarah,
    Great post. Thanks so much for sharing this post with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. We are featuring it at this weeks party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  10. obedience is joy to our hearts! It is faith manifested, and it pleases our King.


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