We read in Isaiah, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19). Now, note the two requirements that are given if we are to share in the feast God has for us. They are to be willing and to obey.
Now, to be willing denotes a choice. But to be obedient indicates surrender. And thus, if we truly want what God has for us, what He purposed and planned, then we must want who God is. And for that to happen, we must surrender – surrender our wants for His will.
Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God, above all else, and live S, and He will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33).
Listen, God cannot lead us to still waters and plentiful pastures if we are unwilling to follow Him. He cannot lead us into the depths of His love if we don’t trust in His loving-kindness. He cannot lead us into consistent encounters with Him if we don’t trust that He is as near as His word promises. He cannot satisfy the deep desires of our hearts if we don’t trust that His purposes for us will truly satiate our longings.
The prophet Samuel said it this way, “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). Jesus said, “Why do you call me ‘Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).