Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God. Jeremiah 42:6
When asking for guidance and direction, people want to only hear good news. Very rarely is a person willing to hear something negative, something that they have to change or stop doing.
As a person hears most guidance, they will pick and choose what they want to obey or do and what they do not want to do. It is all about comfort and self as to what they will be willing to do, often disregarding the advice given.
After the city of Jerusalem had fallen and the people were taken into captivity, some of the officials approached Jeremiah. They wanted to know what God’s directions were for them. They requested that he find out and let them know and they would obey it.
Every week people go to church to hear a pastor preach a sermon. They go expecting to hear a word from God that the minister has heard and is passing on. They hear the word, but then do nothing with it.
Many will think that the given word is not really for them and that it is best for their neighbor. Or they get angry with the preacher because it is a negative word telling them to stop something or change something.
Reading and hearing God’s word is good, but it is not enough. One must also apply it and obey it. God has given all of His word to guide and direct the steps of those who follow Him. Sometimes that word will be a negative word to turn a person from sin. Other times it will be a positive word encouraging the believer. Regardless all of it must be heeded.
Each time you hear God’s word or read it, you have a choice to be made. You have to choose whether you will obey it or ignore it. There are consequences of both actions.
If you choose to ignore it and not obey God’s word, then why did you listen or read it?
Choose today who you will serve, self or God? If it is God, then listen to and obey His word, whether it is a favorable or unfavorable word. God will only give you what is best for you and nothing more or less.
I pray today that you will hear and know God’s word to you; that you will obey what God tells you; that you will serve God with all of your heart; and that you will trust God’s word to you.
Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant–the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I commanded you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.’ Jeremiah 11:3-4
Everyone who is in a position of authority wants to be obeyed. They want those under them to obey their every command. That is a right that comes with the position.
In most work places, if one does not obey the boss, there are repercussions. It may start out with a reprimand, but can end up with a firing from the position.
God is reminding the people of Israel that they were to obey His command He gave them when He brought them out of Egypt. If they didn’t obey, then they would be cursed. Obedience meant that they would be His people.
Even though Jesus has come and provided salvation, the command is still there–to obey God. Jesus said if one loves Him, he will obey Him. Obedience is not an option.
Yet, many believers feel that obedience to God is optional, especially with certain commands. Sin is sin and there is no excuse for sinning. God never gives room for a person to purposefully sin against Him.
Jesus gave forgiveness, but also told people to go and sin no more. If one does not obey Jesus and strive to turn away from sin, he is still cursed. Jesus said that in the end that He would turn many away because He did not know them. The reason He didn’t know them is because they did not obey Him.
Every believer must obey God in every area of his life.
If you want to be a child of God and receive the salvation Jesus has provided, you must also obey God. It is easy to say that you love God and believe in Him, but it is another thing to obey Him and not just obey in some areas, but in every area of your life.
God says to love, are you loving? God says to forgive, are you forgiving? God says turn from all sin, are you turning away from all sin?
Think about the commands that Jesus had given. How hard are you striving to obey them? Or are you allowing yourself to be cursed by God?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will not follow false gods in your life; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will be a child of God.