1 Samuel 15:22 – And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Think of someone you know and love who has, over time, shown himself to be trustworthy, always keeping his word. If he tells you that you will be rewarded in a certain way for a deed done for him, then performing that task is a joy because you know his promise to you will not fail. That is experiential trust. Experiential Obedience is developed in the same manner, and is based on a developed trust that occurs over time.
Positional (level one) Obedience was the “blade” of Mark 4, and Experiential (level two) Obedience becomes the “ear” of Mark 4. And while obedience is expected of every believer, regardless of maturity level, Experiential Obedience is freely given because of the developed trust. The growth that can occur at this level has the potential to be phenomenal. You have learned that God is faithful, and that without fail. You have learned the great truth that whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. As you have learned and grown in the application of the seed principle of Mark 4, obedience becomes more and more a joy as you experience the ever-increasing blessing of the Lord upon your obedience. It is at the Experiential Obedience level that you become more and more excited about obeying the Lord, and this will be precisely what happens as you keep your focus on the Lord and His Word. Once again, be reminded, the enemy’s testing of your faith may be stronger, but so is your trust in God’s Word through your experience with Him.
Manna for Today – 1 Samuel 15:1-35; John 14:15-17; 1 John 5:3; Mark 4:26-29