The Reward for Obedience
There are two verses I want to point you to in today's devotional. The first is Isaiah 1:19, where God says,
"If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land."
The second is Deuteronomy 28:1, which precedes a chapter of tremendous material blessings,
"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth."
All of the incredible material blessings God promised in the following verses hinged on one thing…obedience.
God will bless you, if you will obey Him. Now, granted, God does not settle up the first and the fifteenth of every month. His blessings do not always arrive on our timetable, but they always arrive.
Sometimes obedience to God will cost you at first. It may cost you friends; it may cost you time; it may cost you embarrassment; but, in the long run, it is well worth it to obey.
Prior to being saved, I was renting a room above a bar in Oregon from a friend of mine. We smoked dope and drank a lot together. But when I was saved, I wouldn't drink or smoke dope any more.
Even though the temptation was there, I knew I needed to obey God. And I would not compromise.
One day my friend said, "You're no fun anymore. You're gone." And that was that. I was out on the street for quite awhile. It cost me. But I look back now and say, "God, You have more than made that up to me. It may have cost me initially, but I'm so glad I obeyed You."
God will reward you for your obedience to Him!
Visit the Answers with Bayless Conley website for more ways to connect with God.
- the scenic 2020 desk calendar, Inspiration from the Holy Land, and
- a special 3-DVD series of messages filmed with Bayless in Israel, called Following in the Footsteps of Jesus