In life, there are many things we do, not because we particularly like to, but because we know and strongly desire the outcome. Before you disagree, you may want to give a little thought to it and perhaps come up with an example or two from personal experience. For example, there are not very many people who relish taking medications and especially when the route of administration involves needles. But if one is convinced that taking the prescribed course of treatment will get them back to good health or at least make them feel better, they would certainly take it.
Again, think of someone who desperately wants to lose weight whether for health reasons or maybe vanity (most people love to look good). They are told to modify their diet and incorporate some exercise into their daily routine. Believe me, there are so few people who would rather go running or to the gym than get an extra hour of sleep. The person who chooses to go does so with an outcome or expectation. They know what will result from the action and so they choose to engage in it even though they don’t particularly feel like it.
For a lot of the choices we are recommended to make as Christians, they are not necessarily what we “feel” like doing. But when we know the outcome, and are fully persuaded that doing what the word of God says to do will result in the expected benefit, it becomes a no-brainer to do it. What are those things we are admonished or urged to do that seem to you to be illogical.
I’ve got good news for you. The principles of God are not based on logic or validated by the senses. Our choice to act on God’s word is driven by our firm belief that faithful is He who has promised and able to deliver on whatsoever He has promised.
In a nutshell: It’s the knowledge of the outcome and the expectation that indeed if we do what God says, we’ll have the promised result – that is the driving force in our obedience to spiritual principles. Our walk is not according to our senses or logic. We live by faith, we act based on a “knowing”!
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. [James 1:2 – 3; NKJV]
3 And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance;
4 and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. [Romans 5:3 – 4; Amplified]
To do: What are the areas you struggle to do what the word of God says? Are you convinced that if you do, you will have the expected outcome? Find out what God’s word says about it, meditate on it until you believe it. If you know, you will act on it!