The Blessings of Obedience
The Bible is filled with God’s commands. They are variously referred to as commandments, laws, precepts, statutes, or ordinances, but whatever they are called, it is clear that God wants us to obey them. Psalm 119:4 says, “You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.” They cannot save us, for no one can obey them fully even though that’s the goal. We all fall short and we need Christ’s atoning sacrifice for salvation. But as I read through scripture, I am amazed and encouraged by the blessings of obedience, both blessings FOR obedience and blessings THROUGH obedience.
Blessings FOR obedience are about God’s response to those who faithfully follow his commands. Psalm 103:17-18 tell us “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” And in Deuteronomy 28:1 Moses says to the Israelites: “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.” In the next 13 verses he then goes on to list the blessings God will bestow on them for obedience.
But we are also blessed THROUGH obedience. First John 5:3 tells us “his commands are not burdensome” and obeying them helps us to overcome the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. Think about it. Obedience to God’s commands points us toward goodness and righteousness. God’s commands promote honesty and integrity. God’s commands promote justice and fairness. God’s commands promote kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, and honor. God’s commands promote compassion and generosity and they direct us to care for orphans and widows and others who need help. God’s commands promote the sanctity of life. God’s commands call us to worship Him alone and to love our neighbors as ourselves. God’s commands lead us to trust Christ for salvation.
Obedience to God’s commands brings blessing to our lives and keeps us from selfishness and error. Pursue obedience.
Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.