Week 2: The I AM says HE WILL Bless Day 2: He will bless your obedience
VERSE Deuteronomy 28:1-2
Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God WILL set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings WILL come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God.
Stop! Don’t go there! Wait! Be quiet! Be still! Go! Speak up! I grew up thinking that commands usually had a negative connotation associated with them. When I would hear my parents, teachers, babysitters, etc. give a command, obeying them typically wasn’t exciting in the least. I would often dread it and would sometimes ignore it. It wasn’t until my adult years as I grew closer to God and my faith grew stronger that I realized obedience can actually bring joy. The act of being obedient may not be easy, but it can even turn out to be…FUN!
In Anne Cochran’s book, Project 120- Hearing God’s Voice and Following Him, she writes about the time God asked her to give away Chick-fil-A gift cards for a year. She explains how once we know and listen to the voice of the Lord, we can then be obedient to His desires and ways for our lives. She reminds us that obedience will at times be very difficult and almost seem impossible; however, the blessings of our obedience will far outweigh the difficulties, discomforts or awkwardness we go through.
Christ is living in you and is giving His commands so that His good works can be done through you. When you have faith and obey, you are following through with what He needs done on this earth.
Hebrews 11, which is also referred to as the “Hall of Faith” demonstrates that faith enables us and others to do many great things for the Lord. It teaches us that through faith, we can do anything and nothing is impossible with God. Yesterday we reflected on the example of how by faith, Abraham left his people and went out to establish a new nation where God led him (Hebrews 11:8-10) Other examples from the Hall of Faith include:
· By faith, Noah was convicted to build an ark to save his household from the flood (Hebrews 11:7).
· By faith, Moses identified with the Hebrew people and later led them out of Egypt (Hebrews 11:24-29)
· By faith, Rahab risked her life to accommodate the Hebrew spies seeking to overthrow the city (Hebrews 11:31)
These examples of God’s children stepping out in faith and following through with obedience are there for us to know that God blesses the obedience of those who follow Him and His commands. Can you think of an example where you have been obedient to the Lord by being his hands and feet and your obedience was blessed?
When we believe in God, our hearts want to obey Him, and He graciously provides us with His Spirit to help us follow through. Obedience is letting God work through us. So, faith in Him comes first, then willing works for Him follow. He blesses these works with inner peace, freedom and outer progress of His kingdom. He WILL do it because He said so.
FURTHER: Matthew 7:24-27; 2 Corinthians 4:13-15; James 1:25; Isaiah 52:7
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me for the times I have not obeyed you. I want to hear and follow your voice. I want to go when and where you say “Go!” and speak your words when you say “Speak.” I want to be your hands and feet on this earth and be a blessing to others. Just as You demonstrate in Mark 10:45, may my motive for obedience never be selfish, instead I ask that Your good blessings enter my life so that I will be better equipped and empowered to serve others rather than myself. This week, Lord, I ask that You let me experience an obedience that is filled with your blessings. May your favor be upon me and establish the works of my hands (Psalm 90:17).
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen