The word obedience has been at the forefront of my mind for the last few months. But more specifically, these past couple of weeks in my bible readings and afternoon prayer times. I even came across an old sermon entitled If You Be Willing And Obedient. Whether young or old; obedience will give you the strength to overcome many adversities. However, there is no room for pride in that equation. Let’s investigate to see why this word is so important to our growth and development as Christians.
The one scripture with which many of us is familiar…, So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of [d]witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (I Samuel 15:22-23 NKJV) Here we find God would rather we obey his voice than offer up offerings and sacrifices. And the prophet gives us a comparative analysis concerning rebellion as witchcraft and stubbornness as not only iniquity, but idol worship. We should also take into consideration by disobeying God’s voice we walk into the possibility of sacrificing our true purpose and destinies. (Hebrews 3:15 NKJV) Pride causes you to waste too much time living for what is not yours.
If you are willing and obedient…
The second scripture, “If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:19-20 NKJV)
- If you be willing – If you submit your wills, and become voluntary in your obedience to God’s law.
- And obedient – Hebrew meaning If you will hear; that is, God’s commands.
- You shall eat – That is, the land shall yield its increase; and you shall be saved from pestilence, war, famine; etc. The productions of the soil shall no more be devoured by strangers.
Simply said, others will no longer enjoy the works of your hands. You are no longer a slave in Egypt, but are a governor like Joseph. Some of you are spiritually stuck in Egypt right now. Because you trust man more than you trust God. And what’s worse you don’t even believe in yourself!
For them to come out of Egypt, alive and prosperous, they had to follow God’s instruction. (Exodus 12 NKJV) Just like those of you who feel stuck must be willing and obedient to follow God’s instruction to come out of wherever your Egypt is right now.
See you next week for Part 2. Until then…Blessings and Peace.
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