How Obedience Leads to Blessings! Part Two
“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:2
The benefits conveyed by obedience give us boldness and courage to fellowship with God, providing us the sense of joy, peace, security, and assurance that God will provide for us. As we spend time with Him, we grow in our faith and understanding of who He is. We also learn to trust Him more each day. When we walk in obedience to Him, He promises to bless us abundantly (see Psalm 115:13-14). Obedience is the key to a blessed life.
Deuteronomy 7 12-26 speaks to the conditional nature of God’s blessings. God promises the Israelites that if they obey Him, He will bless them with fertility, abundant crops, victory in battle, and long life. If they disobey Him, they will experience poverty, famine, defeat in battle, and a shorter lifespan. Likewise, our blessings depend on our obedience to Him. This is seen throughout scripture, as God promises to bless those who obey Him and curses those who disobey Him.
1 John 3:24 says, “Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this, we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit he has given us.”
While the conditional nature of God’s blessings in Deuteronomy 7 12-26 may seem unfair to some, it is ultimately for our good, as God knows what is best for us. Even though faith is often difficult to understand, as it doesn’t always make logical sense to some people to believe in God, we should be able to trust that he will do what He says he will do. Therefore, challenge yourself to have faith in what you cannot see and obey when you don’t have a clear picture of God’s plan for your life.
Remember, if you are a student and want to be promoted to the next level, you must pass the corresponding test. Likewise, the act of complying with an order, request, or law is obedience. Passing the test will promote you to the next level in your journey of obedience to God. To pass the test, you must obey Him. His commandments will lead you to righteousness and everlasting life. 1 John 3:22 says, “And whatever we ask we receive from him because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
1. Psalm 143:10; Teach me, oh Lord, to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
2. Oh Lord, arise and rescue me from this prison of unfaithfulness, doubt, and disobedience to your command in the name of Jesus Christ.