The following words were pinned by a wonderful gospel preacher, Steve Higginbotham:
“A little more than 150 years ago, General Robert E. Lee was camped approximately 10 miles from General Stonewall Jackson. Lee sent a message to Stonewall Jackson, informing him that he wanted to meet with him at his convenience.
The very next morning, while Lee was eating his breakfast, Jackson appeared at his tent, prepared for their meeting. Lee asked Jackson, “What are you doing here? I didn’t mean for you to come immediately. It wasn’t urgent. Did you not read what I said? I said, ‘at your convenience.’ You unnecessarily rode through a terrible snowstorm to get here.” In defense of his actions, Stonewall Jackson responded, “General Lee, your slightest desire is my greatest command.”
Friends, most of life’s challenges and temptations could be defeated if we possessed the same attitude toward God. What better disciples would we be; what more committed soldiers in the Lord’s army would we be if we decided to make God’s “slightest wish our greatest desire.””
In 1 John 5:2-3, John would write these words by inspiration – “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” May we be reminded of the love that God has for us and may this motivate us to obey every one of His commands. This life is not about how much we think we can get away with, it is not about how close we can get to sin and still be right with God. His commandments are not burdensome – they are not a burden that cannot be born. Not too heavy that they cannot be carried.
What a terrible adversary that desires to stand between the soul and God. Our great God has provided us a way to be with Him forever. Let us as God’s people hate the devil and love our Savior. Let us not pick and choose what to obey and what we feel we can slight – let us make every command of God our greatest desire!
– Adam Orr