Our disobedience grieves God, our disobedience as individuals and as a nation. When we disobeyed as children it created tension between us and our parents that resulted in some form of punishment. When our children disobey it does the same and if we are good parents, there are consequences as well.
Why do we disobey?
We disobey because of greed and lust. When Eve saw the forbidden fruit she desired it and took it (Genesis 3:6). When David saw the wife of Urriah he desired her and took her(2 Samuel 11:2-4). We also disobey because we are impatient. Moses took too long on the mountain and so the Israelites had to build themselves a new god(Exodus 32:23). We also disobey when we are afraid (see Jeremiah 43:2-7) or because we are prideful (see Exodus 5:2).
Unbelief is disobedience (Hebrew 3:12) and lack of love is disobedience (John 14:24). When we disobey we grieve God’s heart. After Adam and Eve ate the fruit they hid. They felt shame. God walks in the garden and ask “where are you?”
Where are you?
He is asking you today. Where are you? Are you hiding in shame. Have you convinced yourself that you have disobeyed for too long or too much? There is no sin that God cannot forgive, no disobedience He cannot turn around. A contrite spirit and a remorseful heart is all He is asking for. He can wash away your inequities and make you white as snow. No more shame, no more tension and separation from God. His joy can be yours again.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:9-11)
If you have disobeyed God for any reason pray this prayer from David. God is slow to anger and abounding in love and will forgive you and reconcile you to Him."Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11
Do not cast me from your presenceor take your Holy Spirit from me.12Restore to me the joy of your salvationand grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."