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Echo Evangelique

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The blessings and the consequences of obedience

Text: Proverbs 16:7, 19:16, 22:4

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Key Concepts:

  • Obedience to God precedes blessings from God
  • Obedience is proof of trust in God
  • Obedience to God comes after knowing and understand who God is
  • Obedience of the children of God pleases God

The general concept of obedience both in Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) relates to hearing or hearkening to a higher authority. One of the Greek terms for obedience conveys the idea of positioning oneself to be submissive to a higher authority or a command. Another term that is also translated in the NT is the word trust. When you learn to trust, you also learn to obey.  Biblical obedience to God means to hear, trust and submit to his will. It implies the idea of surrendering to God and to his word. When you understand who is commanding you then you will wholehearted listen, trust and obey. “Obedience is the key that opens every door to the believer” (C.S. Lewis).

               In chapter 28 of the book of Deuteronomy we find principles for God’s government amid his people.  The immediate consequences of obedience are evident. The blessings of Deuteronomy 28 are the heritage of those who have put their faith and trust in The Lord Jesus Christ. If you want to enjoy the fullness of the blessings of God, you must come to obedience in faith, love and daily seek to walk by The Holy Spirit through whom the blessings of God flow to us. Israel spent 40 years in the desert because of their disobedience to God; evidently to enjoy the blessings of the promised land, they needed to learn obedience. That same correlation of obedience and blessings apply to us believers. There is no condition for God’s salvation, all that’s required is to believe in The Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. But to enjoy the blessings, you must show obedience to God. God loves and is committed to his own, but he commands us to obedience. He is pleased by our obedience. This same principle is applied to families, men is given the responsibility of head of the family while being obedient to God while the woman submits (or obeys) to her husband as children obey their parents.

Obedience can be a challenge, especially when one is tempted to believe otherwise. One may dislike the conditions that are set before him/her, fearing that obedience might be to the detriment of their life. However, when you choose to obey God, you take the way of wisdom and acknowledge that God knows best as your almighty, omnipotent and omniscient creator.  Though man’s way may seem right to their own eyes, it leads to disaster when pursued because as human beings we are limited. We can only know and do so much.

Why should we trust/obey God? Because he not only knows it all, he also established everything. As we grow in our walks with God, obedience become the avenue by which we get to know him better. Indeed, there are certain things about God you will never know until you learn to be obedient. When we obey God, he pulls us closer to himself; that’s when he teaches us to love him even more. Sometimes the consequences of obedience are not immediate and that is why The Church believes in perseverance. With God there is no quid pro quo, you simply need to learn to follow him and commit yourself to do so all the way. Sometimes the choice to obey or not is a test of faith from God. Sometimes the journey is not only long but difficult. Remember Joseph, he went through much, but his obedience heralded his deliverance. Daniel and his friends also faced extraordinary circumstances and trials; because they believed and trusted God’s wisdom, knowing that God would not wrong them. These heroes of the faith did not consider their lives more precious than their obedience to God. Bowing down before false gods, and thus giving up on God, is not an option for the child of God; even when our deliverance isn’t evident. The child of God should always trust God, even if in his wisdom, he chooses not to deliver him/her. In fact, God does not always keep us from harm but rather he lets walk through the wilderness to test our honesty and the conviction of our faith.  Sometimes in the midst of the storm you find the glory of God. God’s name is glorified in our obedience.

               Obedience means to conform to God’s laws, that in turn, regulates the Christian’s conduct, and establishes a new set of principles. That’s the origin of our spiritual conviction.  It’s about knowing who God is and your duties toward him.  All of this begins with our relationship with God; for, one cannot worship God unless one knows him. Once you keep and obey his precepts, God will come through for you. Want a change in your circumstances? Surrender your life to God in obedience and that will dictate your quality of life. Beware of those who say, “come to God and all your problems will be solved,” they are deceivers; because God uses difficulty for his own purpose. It is not easy to obey that’s why we must pray for an obedient heart. Disobedience to God brings a curse. As parents we are pleased when our children are obedience though they may not completely understand. God wants to give you a better life, but it won’t happen unless you learn to obey his way.

Obedience is a demonstration of faith. Obedience also prove our love for God. If you’ve already decided to follow Jesus, there is no reason not to obey him. It is a life of sacrifice. Anything that is less than total obedience is sin. Israel was chastised for lack of obedience. Christianity is a faith based on obedience. Christ obeyed unto death; he is the perfect model of obedience. We must obey Christ and follow him to the cross. Christ was glorified after his suffering and that is where he invites to join him. Deliverance and glory will come when we persevere in obedience.  Submit yourself to the fear of The Lord, know him and surrender yourself to him. This reverential awe and admiring submission will bring us to humility. And when you bow to your Lord God, he will meet you in your needs.

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