1 Kings 13:21 Have You Kept God’s Word?

He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.” 1 Kings 13:21

People are given commands or directions to follow every day. Many will follow the commands very well, but many will also reject those directions and do it their own way.

At the job, doing it one’s own way may get them fired from the job. Everyone is expected to follow the directions and commands of the boss or leader.

A man of God was sent to Jeroboam to give a message and then go straight home without stopping to eat or drink. A prophet deceived him, and he ate with the prophet. The prophet told him that he had defied God’s word and not obeyed His commands.

Workers are often told to do something that does not make sense to them. They cannot see the bigger picture that the boss can see and understand to cause him to give a command that does not make sense.

In the same way, God will often give a simple command that does not make sense, often defying logic. It did not make sense why the man of God could not stop and eat on his trip, yet when he did it cost him his life.

Just as in the workplace, many believers choose to not completely obey all the commands of God. They feel that they know what is best or that maybe they heard God wrong or that God made a mistake with them and choose to do things their own way.

True believers will obey God’s commands no matter what the cost or how little sense it makes. Their trust is in God, not themselves.

As you choose to walk with God, there will come times when God will give you a command that appears to defy all logic. When this occurs, you must remember that God’s ways and thoughts are above yours. He sees the bigger picture and knows what is best for you.

Do not allow yourself to go the way of the world and do things your own way, rejecting the command of God to you. Step out in obedience and trust the ways of God as being the best for you and obey His commands.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God gives you to; that you will obey God with your whole life; and that you will not defy any of the commands of God.

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