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Obedience: Week 1 - Devotion 1

In your room or someplace private, set a timer for three minutes. Now stand up, and do as many jumping jacks as you can in that time. While you are exercising, try to see what you notice going on around you. Do it.

Now that you're finished, what are your first thoughts? What did you hear while you were doing jumping jacks? What did you see? How are your heart rate and breathing afterward?

Now set your timer for three minutes again and sit down. Silently, with no distractions. Keep your eyes and ears open. In this time see all that you can take in and notice. 

Now that you're done, what are your first thoughts? What did you hear and see this time? What are your heart rate and breathing like?

What was the difference in what you noticed and took in during exercise and sitting still?

You may have heard the Bible verse from the Psalms that says, "Be still and know that I am God." However, you are wondering what this has to do with obedience? Our relationship with God is described in the Bible as a "walk," not a "sprint." Do you remember that when we looked at Deuteronomy 5:33 this week? That's because when we don't slow down enough to get to know God well, we can't trust in knowing Him well. 

When we don’t know God, it’s harder to follow His commands, because it feels like a list of “rules” instead of a way to be in better relationship with Him. How many of God’s commands do you really know? Take the time today to discover one more of God’s commands.  Pray the Lord would help you follow Him because you want a deep relationship with Him.

Emily Traylor