“Willful obedience” sounds a lot like “on purpose” to me. Make it a little more concise and think of it as “willing to obey.” Webster is good with that one too. A question comes up about how we know what we should obey. As Christians we often say to the Lord, “Of course I will obey you” but then we seldom stop to listen to the instructions and directives. “Sure, Lord. I am willing to obey you but I might not hear you so…” The Lord in heaven might turn the volume up a tad so you will hear Him amid the din of your life. Then again, He may not do that and instead just move on to someone who is listening. What a horrible thing to reconcile when we realize that we were just not listening when the Lord called on us. To be obedient requires an open, constant communication link between us, as individual Christians and our Father in heaven.
We would never be willfully disobedient but we so often forget about the parameters of willful obedience. We find it convenient and far too easy to turn the volume down or even to be tuned in to a different station. How do you suppose that will work out for you? Good luck in explaining to the Lord how you were just too busy to be listening at that moment and on that day. Don’t let your “stuff” get between you and the Lord. That is harsh but that is directly to the point. _dg