Yesterday I talked a bit about disobedience. I was thinking this morning that I should add a post about something positive. Obedience. Then, as I was having coffee with some friends this morning one of them brought up the same thing. God blesses us when we are obedient.
As much as God hates disobedience it blesses and pleases Him when we obey. 1 John 3:21-22: Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
Many times in the Bible we find scriptures that show how God’s people are blessed when they obey. Our number one reason for being obedient should be our desire to please God. We should not be obedient only out of fear or duty. Its about our heart. We should want to be obedient because we love God and want to please Him. John 14:23 says Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Did you catch that? Jesus said if anyone loves me he will keep my word. That should be our heart attitude; that we love God and want what He wants more than we want our own way.
As I was thinking on this, in regards to people in the Bible being blessed by obedience; the first person that came to mind was Noah. The story of the ark starts in Genesis 6. The short version is the Lord told Noah He was going to destroy the earth and only Noah’s family would be saved. He gave Noah specific instructions on how to build an ark, the dimensions, the kind of wood, what animals to take in the arc, the food they would need etc.
Genesis 6:22 had this to say: Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. ALL that God commanded him. He didn’t just do as much as he felt like doing. Up until this time it had not rained on the earth. The earth was watered from below. How do you explain rain and floods to someone who has never experienced it? Noah didn’t ask the Lord to explain rain. He just went ahead and did what God asked. What a blessing he got in return for his obedience. All the earth was destroyed but Noah and his family were saved.
There is not enough room to tell of all the people in the Bible who were blessed by being obedient. I can say this. When you obey God and do something you believe He has asked you to do, the feeling you get is awesome. Whether you do it, even when you don’t want to, or you do it even when you are afraid, or don’t feel qualified. But you do it. You will be blessed, as the Word says. But you are first blessed by how good it feels to be obedient. Then the Lord knows He can trust you. You have grown. And the next time He asks you to do something you thought was hard; you just might find yourself enjoying it and looking forward to it.
I’ll leave you with one last scripture on obedience. Just in case I hadn’t convinced you yet! Deuteronomy 28:1: 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.