Scripture Reading: Deut. 28:1-3
Thomas A Kempis says, “Obedience is the virtue which constitutes the excellence, the happiness and merit of a Christian and religious life, because it makes God the absolute God of our soul”.
Obedience is one of the keys to the heart of God; it gives unhindered access to blessings from Him. God shows so much kindness to those who obey His divine instructions. Deuteronomy 28: 1-13 gives an account of what He will do to those who obey Him. Obedience to God is a test of one’s sense of worship; a test of allegiance; a test of love; a test of generosity; a test of willingness to adhere to instructions from God; a test of how far you are with Him in life. God wants us to obey His commandments and directives at all times, without any objection.
Abraham’s lifetime was outright obedience to God’s instructions and he was blessed beyond measure. The blessing was passed from him to the next generation (Gen. 12:1-3). The Widow of Zarephath obeyed Prophet Elijah to prepare his meal first even though it was the last foodstuff in her household. Her obedience made her entire household live in abundance throughout the period of famine in the land of Israel (I King 17:13-16).
Jesus Christ requested for Simon Peter’s boat for His preaching assignment; and he released it willingly. After Jesus Christ completed His assignment for the day, He told Peter to launch out into the deep for a great catch of fishes. If he had not given out his boat, Jesus Christ would not have told him what to do to end an unfruitful labour, that night. And if Peter had not obeyed what Jesus Christ told him to do next, he would not have caught those great number of fish, to the extent that the net was breaking (Luke 5:2-6).
Man can never outsmart God; obedience is better than sacrifice, it is one of the keys to God’s heart. God has great delight on those who obey His commandments. God will never listen to you until you do what is required of you. King Saul lost his kingdom as a result of an act of disobedience (I Sam. 15:22-23). Have you been struggling with God on some issues? Have you been disobeying God on many occasions? Please make up your mind to obey Him as from today. He will make your journey of life pleasant; He will give you a glorious end. God bless you.
2Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1-2ab.2cd-3.4-5.6(R.5); Accl Jn 15:16; Gosp Mt 20:20-28 ST JAMES, AP. (FEAST)
- Dear heavenly Father, I want to live godly in Christ Jesus and I ask that You would help me to develop an attitude of obedience to Your will and an increasing trust in Your Word. Help me to grow in grace, may I learn to praise You without ceasing and to develop an attitude of prayer without ceasing – and help me to be obedient to carry out all that I am called to do as a child of God – so that You will increase as I decrease. Amen
Exercise: Obedience is paramount.
Meditation: Isaiah 1:19