"Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word..."— Psalm 148:8 Everything in creation obeys God's laws of nature—except us. We are the one part of creation to whom He gave a free will, which we stubbornly exercise with alarming persistence.
No one likes that word.
And we act out that dislike from the time we are young. When the consequences of disobedience thrust themselves into our lives, we feel unfairly treated and whine and complain. As kids, we struggled against our parents' authority, then later, against others' like teachers, coaches, bosses—whoever stood in our way.
What after all, did these people expect from us? Obedience?
Sometimes human expectations are unfair, no doubt about it. But when God is the One asking for our obedience, it's different. The attitude we bring towards God's commandments and God's will for our lives can be the difference between enjoying life to its fullest or merely enduring it.
Think of the vastness of the universe. We've been told that it is billions and billions of light years wide, with billions of giant galaxies, inside of which are zillions of stars and solar systems. Inside one particular galaxy is a speck of a star with a handful of planets orbiting around it. There is one tiny blue and white planet with some tiny creatures upon it—who happen to be made in the image and likeness of God Almighty, the Creator of this vast universe.
And as far as we know, in all of God's creation, we are the only specks who are disobedient to His laws.
"This is love for God: to obey His commands," wrote the apostle John. "And His commands are not burdensome" (1 John 5:3).
God is not weighing us down with a heavy burden of laws we cannot keep. He is giving us principles for a victorious life!
We are not disobeying some big potentate in the sky. This is our heavenly Father, who loves and desires an abundant life for each of His children.
"When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."
—John H. Sammis, 1887, from the hymn, "Trust and Obey"