I’m dating myself, but does anyone else remember the Alka-Seltzer commercial with the jingle of “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz. Oh, what a relief it is?” Catchy tune, that one.
But today, I experienced a very different kind of relief.
It came from obedience.
I know what you’re thinking. There are a lot of things that bring relief.
- When the paycheck hits the bank before the bills do.
- When your teenager comes home safely at night.
- When the baby finally goes to sleep.
- When the doctor gives a clean bill of health.
- When you stop in time without hitting the car in front of you.
But I’ll bet you’ve never thought about feeling relieved when you’ve known something God said to do and you obeyed.
You might even be asking why should I feel reassured about that? Fair enough. I’d never really thought about it either until today. And then, today, my husband and I followed through with something we knew God told us to do. There was a great flood of relief that washed over me. So why?
- Because we were doing something out of love for God. Our obedience shows our love.
- Because we know God is faithful in everything he promises so if he asks us to do something, he has good reason.
- Because in our obedience, we honored God, and he is worthy of all the honor we can give him.
- Because our obedience leads to him entrusting us with greater things.
- Because he promises to reward us. We don’t obey for the reward, but we are grateful for it when it comes.
- Because obedience brings freedom. God’s got this so we don’t have to concern ourselves with anything if we are obeying him.
I will probably think of more reasons as the day goes on. But let that suffice for now. I just know that this sense of well-being is from a loving heavenly Father who loves us and wants good for us. When we obey him, things go well for us. Even when something looks like it might not be turning out well, it will. Even if something is hard, painful, grievous, or difficult, when we are obeying, the end result will be good.
The world’s answer for anxiety may be a tablet plopped in a glass of water, but my relief comes from the Lord, our living water.