Blessed in Obedience
“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.”
“The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”
God honors obedience. Even though we are not perfectly obedient all the time, God longs to see a heart whose desire, aim and purpose is to be obedient to Him. If this is our heart, we will pay attention to God’s commands and we will try to carefully follow them.
When King Saul disobeyed God and let his soldiers keep some of the plunder instead of destroying everything, Saul tried to justify his actions to the Prophet Samuel by saying they were going to sacrifice the best to God. Samuel makes it clear that to God, “To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).
Sacrifices were often made for disobedience. It cost the person something valuable to them as a result of their disobedience. God would have accepted Saul’s obedience, but his sacrifice for disobedience was rejected; and, Saul was rejected as King.
Our obedience may sometimes be costly in a worldly sense, but it will always result in God’s blessing. Will you pay attention to God’s commands and carefully follow them?
Put the Word of God deep into your heart. Confess this aloud, and repeat it often today:
“I am observing and doing the Lord’s commandments, so I am always blessed coming in, and I am blessed going out! By obedience, I am the head, and not the tail; I am at the top, and never at the bottom!”
Dive Deeper: Study Deuteronomy 28.