Disobedience is in evidence in homes, in schools, in governments, and even in the Lord’s church. In Hebrews 5:8-9, the Hebrew writer says that “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” Salvation, then, is predicated on obedience. One obeys God by doing His will. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Mt. 7:21).
We can disobey God by doing what He forbids us to do. Adam and Eve were guilty of this very thing. “And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die” (Gen. 3:2-3). Adam and Eve knew God’s will in this regard (Eve verily stated it to the serpent), but being deceived through the serpent’s lie, they did what God had forbidden them to do.
We can disobey God by refusing to do what he has commanded. Jonah is guilty of this very thing. In Jonah 1:1-3, we read: “‘And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” At this point, God clearly outlined to the prophet Jonah what He wanted him to do. But Jonah refused to do it! God said go one way and Jonah went the other. He disobeyed God! You know what happened to Jonah, and so after his experience in the belly of the great fish, God came to Him a second time. God’s instruction was the same as it was at the first, but this time the Bible says “. . . Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. . .” (Jon. 3:3). Jonah refused to do what he was commanded, because he did not like the mission he was given. He did not want the Assyrians spared, and he knew that if they heeded his preaching that God would spare them (Jon 4:1-3).
We can disobey God by doing more or less than His word commands us to do. The Bible is filled with warnings about adding to the words and commandments of God. We put our souls in jeopardy when we presume to add to the Word of the Almighty.
In Deuteronomy 4:2, Moses said: “You shall not add unto the word which I command you. . . that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” The only way to keep the commandments of the Lord is to do it exactly as He commands us to do it. When we add our assumption, perception, or surmising, we wind up not keeping the commandments of the Lord at all! Moses states again in 12:32: “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it; you shall not add thereto. . . . ”
In 2 John 9, we read: “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.” When one “goes too far” he “does not abide” in the Lord’s teaching. To add to the Word of the Lord is to go too far, and thus one is guilty of not abiding in His teaching and loses God! That person who abides in the teaching of Christ is one who veers neither to the right nor the left of it. He does not add anything to it or subtract anything from it. He regards it as God’s complete and all sufficient standard.
We can disobey God by substituting God’s word. The classic example of this would be Aaron’s two boys, Nadab and Abihu. This is found in Leviticus 10:1-2. They “offered strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not.”
Other examples could be cited, such as David transporting the ark and Uzzah touching it and losing his life because of it. Substitution is certainly involved here for the things and ways of God (1 Chron. 13; 15:13 ff; Num. 4:15; Exo. 25:14-15). Also the account of Naaman the leper, who when told to dip seven times in the river Jordan became wroth and thought to substitute two others rivers that he surmised “would do just as well.” Had he not gotten over his anger and listened to reason and finally obeyed the commands of God, he would have forever remained a leper.
We must never disobey God in any way, shape, or form. God demands that we obey Him in all things (Matt. 7:21; Heb. 5:8-9). Honesty and sincerity are honorable and necessary, but they are not enough without obedience. God does not “wink at ignorance” no matter how sincere one may be (Acts 17:30). We must know God’s will in order to do God’s will. Therefore, let us study God’s Word daily! (2 Tim 2:15) Let us search the scripture when we are being taught! (Acts 17:11) Let us prove what we believe to be right by the scripture (1 Thess 5:21).
We won’t get to heaven by doing things our way. Therefore, obey God the way he desires to be obeyed_His Way! Let us walk the strait and narrow path which leads to life eternal (Mt 7:14). It’s not the most popular way. It’s not the easiest way. However, it is the way God designed all to be saved. Learn the gospel (1 Cor 15:1-4). Obey the gospel (Jn 14:15 f; 2 Thess 1:8). Believe and confess Jesus is the Christ (Rom 10:8-10). Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Live faithful unto death (Rev 2:10). This is the way which was preached unto all the world (Mt 28:19,20 ff; Mk 16:15,16; Col 1:23). This is the way Jesus prepared all to be saved by his death on the cross. What saved new testament Christians will save you today! There are various ways to disobey God, but only one way to obey God__His Way!!