When Obedience Becomes Tedious

By Em Sumaway

Secondly, remember that obedience is the right thing to do even when it’s tedious or unappealing to us. When the command seems dull, boring, and unamusing, we’d do well to obey because God’s ways are always better than ours. Even when the directive seems stupid (based on your personal understanding), or illogical, or unreasonable, we are to obey because God knows it’s what’s good for you.

When I was working for a BPO company in Lahug, Cebu City, I had to endure the tediousness of getting phone calls after phone calls of literally the same issue. It doesn’t help that you are dealing with very irate callers since the line of business I was a part of deals with policies and policy-violators. But I had to take phone calls or I won’t get paid. At times I dread having to pick up the headphones at the beginning of the shift because I did not want to go through the tedium of dealing with the same issues for the next eight working hours.

What the ravens did was dull and dreary. They had to bring food to Elijah every day! But they did it anyway. I’m sure that what Elijah endured was very depressing for him. He had to accept food from an unclean animal every day! But he endured anyway.

How about you? Are you tired of doing the same thing every day? Are you tired of going through the motions of being a Christian? Are you tired of doing the things that are expected of you by people around you because you are a God-fearing person? Or a more challenging question: Are you tired of obeying the Lord?

Who among you is tired of waking up every Sunday just to come to church? Who among you feels the best time to go to the mall is on a Sunday morning because the alternative (which is going to church) is supremely boring? Who among you prayed for the destruction of your enemy because the alternative (which is loving him) is inconceivable? Obedience to God can be tedious. But it’s the right thing to do anyway.

Whether you like it or not, times will come when, instead of excitement, you’ll feel like you’re dragging yourself in going to church. At times you’ll feel like you’re being forced to do something that you really do not want to do. Sometimes you will be mandated to behave, react, and respond in a certain manner even if you think that it’s illogical. If the mandate comes from the Lord, even if it seems unreasonable and unexciting, obey Him anyway. If the Lord commands you to do something, even if it doesn’t appeal to you in any way, do it anyway.

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