My Life with God

No More Trained Seals

oscar_obrian1God doesn’t want trained seals. He doesn’t want our obligatory obedience to get a prize.

God wants our obedience because of our desire for Him.

He wants our willingness to listen and change as He guides.

He doesn’t change, nor do the general goals He has for us. He wants us to grow in our goodness, kindness, gentleness, patience, love, self-control, and more, but growth includes change. The situations of our lives change, so the specific application of all these and other qualities shift as well. We can’t insist that we can respond the same way that God guided and provided through one time and get the same results. Listening to Him is important. Responding to Him is essential. Inviting Him to change us is constant.