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Obey First; Understand Later
A young boy walked from his mission home down to a jungle trail. His mother, waving good-bye to him, suddenly yelled, “Stop!” The boy immediately froze. As his mother rushed toward him and pulled him backward, he saw an enormous boa constrictor in an overhanging tree branch. Had he taken one more step, the snake likely would have dropped down on him and eventually crushed him to death. Because the boy obeyed before he fully understood why he should obey, his life was spared.
The fact that we do not understand God’s reasons for His commands does not give us an excuse to disobey His commands. He told the nation of Israel, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known” (Deuteronomy 11:26–28).