Obedience…is it worth it?


1 Samuel 12

Samuel informed the people of Israel of their disobedience unto God. He identified their sin of idol worship and how they had forsaken God and His commandments. He made it known that in their hearts, they desired man’s voice and direction over God and this led them to operate in disobedience.

Samuel reminded Israel that God has always been faithful to deliver them, but it would require them to turn from their wicked ways and evilness. He let them know that their reconciliation with God would require their repentance and faithfulness to live in obedience to God.

1 Samuel 12:14-15 NIV

14 If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and do not rebel against his commands, and if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God—good! 15 But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against his commands, his hand will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.

God is not interested in us just hearing or reading His word, but He wants us to read, hear and follow His word.  It does not profit us to just read and hear the word, and be negligent in responding to what has been released. When we read God’s word, we can see that every time He spoke a word it was also followed by the manifestation of that in which He spoke.

Unfortunately, so many times we as people desire to hear good things about what God can do, but often find ourselves in a world of mess because of the inconsistency and lack of obedience to carry out that in which He has commanded of us.  When this happens, we will feel that the circumstances that arise have left us alone and without God, but this is not true. The truth is that when we position ourselves to only hear and read what God has said, we remain stagnant, without following through. Then we ourselves turn and forsake God in pursuit of selfish gain, idol worship, vanity of the mind and actions being fulfilled. It is our obedience to God that allows us to see the manifestation of His promises in our lives.

The great thing is that God’s promise is that He will never leave nor forsake us, even if we have turned away from Him. God is willing to forgive, restore, mend and increase us. However, this will require our participation of Acknowledging the fact that we have forsaken God and placed other things, thoughts and people in the way and now we must Repent. Our sincere Repentance is what positions us in the place for God to hear us and turn His face toward us, that we may receive His help. We need God’s help at every point in our lives to walk in Obedience. For our obedience is a Love song to the Lord our God that He delights in!

It is never too late to acknowledge our sin, repent and turn to God. God is waiting and willing, but we must humble ourselves in obedience to His word and desires for our lives. This is the only way that we will receive and live in the promises of God! We can do it! 

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