In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
March 27, 2007 – Principles of Obedience – Joshua 6:1-20
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Obedience is a fundamental part of the Christian life. Peter’s interaction with Jesus by the Sea of Galilee illustrates three important principles.
First, compliance in small matters has eternal significance and leads to blessings from God. A seemingly small act, like loaning a boat to Jesus, resulted in Peter becoming a fisher of men.
Second, following Jesus is always beneficial to others. Peter’s action made it possible for more people to hear Jesus’ words of truth and life. Later, when Peter lowered his nets back into the water at Jesus’ request, his obedience meant a big catch for his coworkers. In a similar way, when we live out biblical principles, our families are enriched. And those within our circle of influence are encouraged to follow our example. As we give testimony of how God responds to our obedience with goodness, others may be motivated to seek after Jesus.
Third, God may tell us to respond or act in ways that make little sense. God told Noah to build an ark. He instructed Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. And He directed Joshua to conquer Jericho through silent marching followed by shouting. All of these men agreed to God’s plan, even though it didn’t make sense. Their trust in God overruled any concerns and led to great reward.
God has a plan for our eternal good, and it’s foolish not to obey Him. Like Peter, we have no idea what God will do in and through us if we commit to living a life of obedience.
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