Ten years ago, I began attending Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), which is an in depth, non-denominational study of the Word. My second year, reading from Exodus through Deuteronomy, we savored the beautiful story of Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt, through the desert and right up to the Promised Land. It was during this study that I first learned that “Obedience brings Blessing.”
My baby Christian ears had never heard that before. In Leviticus 26, God spells out for Moses the rewards for obedience and the punishment for disobedience. He does the same thing in Deuteronomy 28.
While I had seen this play out in the lives of the Israelites, I remember being shocked when God refused to let Moses enter the Promised Land. What?!! After all Moses had done, and yes, he made that mistake at the rock in Kadesh, but to not be allowed to complete his mission – wow! I learned then that God is serious about this business of obedience.
I’ve since learned that delayed obedience is actually disobedience. That makes sense. We can easily take our sweet time thinking about what God has asked us to do and before you know it, our well-meaning intention to do the thing, has been long forgotten. Also, God’s purpose in asking us to do something, when He asks us to, may not be accomplished in our delay.
A friend and I were recently talking and she sensed the LORD asking her to do something. We were interrupted by a telephone call I needed to take. Minutes later, I returned to our conversation and learned that she’d sent a text message regarding the LORD’s prompting. Now, that’s obedience!
Another friend and I are walking through the Experiencing God study. The section we are in now speaks of obedience being the outward expression of our love for God. The authors, Henry and Richard Blackaby, write “In many ways, obedience is your moment of truth. What you do will reveal what you believe about God. When you come to a moment of truth, when you must choose whether to obey God, you will not obey Him unless you believe Him. You cannot trust Him unless you love Him. You will not love Him, unless you know Him.”
Knowing, trusting and loving Him are connected to obedience. As I read and pondered these words, I became almost awestruck at the idea that we can actually KNOW God!! I mean, how can it be, that our Holy, Mighty, Triune God, reveals Himself to us in His Word wanting us to grasp His nature and character?!! His invitation to us keeps going. He wants us to place our trust in Him and fall deeply in love with Him. And, He holds our hand and walks us through all of this. All, because He loves us, more than we can ever fathom. I so want to obey Him, because He deserves nothing less.
I’ve felt the LORD stirring my heart these past few months and teaching me more about obedience. He has given me some very specific task-like commands such as:
“Write a letter to the gentleman who sold you your car and tell him about Jesus.”
“Invite your new friend and her husband to dinner.”
“Oh, they can’t come the night you invited them? Then invite just the wife on the same night or on another night that works for both of you.”
I obeyed Him and the Joy in my heart that I received was the biggest Blessing.
I desire to trust and obey Him in all areas of my life. Currently that means with my livelihood and His Provision.
I have worked for the same employer for a really long time. Like most long term jobs, there have been times of abundance and lack. The past few years have fallen more in the latter category. And, the past few months, are practically in a class of their own.
Through it all, I’m praying and seeking His wisdom and guidance. I don’t yet feel that it’s time to look for another job. I did that last year, even though I hadn’t heard the LORD say I needed to seek new employment. When I burdened myself with the task of searching for a new job, He allowed me to have two interviews for jobs that were so not right for me. I realized later that I had asked for His help, but then did things my way.
I don’t want to do that this time. I want to pray and let Him speak and open doors that only He can. And, because I know, trust and love Him, I want to obey Him. And, when I do, I’ll be blessed. And how absolutely amazing, is that?!!