“It has been well observed that each of the three recorded temptations of our Lord in the wilderness is a suggestion, not an act of overt sin, but of an act of wilfulness, that state directly opposed to obedience, and out of which springs all that foolishness which is bound up in the heart of a child” Charlotte Mason Vol 1 p 161
This month as we work on the habit of obedience it is not only my children’s wilfulness, but my own which must be brought to the cross. It is so easy to see my child’s lack of obedience, but how often do I look at my own.
Over the past few months the Lord has been calling me. He has wanted me to take steps within my life that truly if left to me I would never have taken. He is calling me out of my comfort zone. I have stepped out in faith and my heart has been refreshed and made new as I begin listening to His call.
It is NOT easy to obey as my own wilfulness gets in the way. The condemnation of Satan torments me and sends fear to my heart. Yet, my Father comforts me and tells me to not be afraid. For my path had been set before me. I see the future, I see the way, but yet it is a hazy.
The reality of where my Father is leading me is just around the corner. It may not be perfectly clear, but I know that as long as I’m on the path He set before me, as long as I’m obeying His call it will be the perfect place for me.
Only each day I must cultivate the habit of obedience. I must die to self that I may live for Him. Each day I must confront my own wilfulness, my sinfulness and kneel at the cross.
I began the month trying to instill a habit of obedience in my children. However, the Lord is using this month to instill the habit of obedience in me.
“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.” ~ Jeremiah 7:23