Willing and Obedient
“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
One of the Lord’s greatest prophets was Isaiah. He lived about seven hundred years before Christ.
A true prophet had a responsibility to speak truth as revealed directly from God, regardless of the consequences. Isaiah certainly knew how to let the people know what God was thinking and saying, and he was unconcerned about what the people thought about him for it.
The first chapter of Isaiah is a stinging indictment of the condition of the country and its people at the time. I recommend you take a few minutes to read it. Actually, it sounds a lot like the state of our world today, even as it regards many within the Body of Christ.
God is not interested in our “religious” activities, He expects our obedience. His Heart is not to see His people struggle, but they are reaping what they sowed in disobedience. When will they learn there are very definite consequences of sin and bad decisions?
Rebellion is such a powerfully useful tool of the enemy, and there are many resulting sins and terrible effects. Heartache, disease, loss, and death are just a few ways we see it destroy people.
Today’s passage makes it clear what awaits those who submit willingly to God in obedience; and, unfortunately, what happens to those who insist on resistance and rebellion towards God. A person reaps what they sow.
Ask the Father to forgive you of any areas where you have been disobedient, stubborn or rebellious. Make a decision to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you today to be obedient.
Dive Deeper: Study Isaiah 1.