“Obey my voice…and I will be your God:” — Jeremiah 11:4.
God gave this command to Israel when He gave them the law. But Israel had no power to keep the law. So God gave them a “new covenant,” to enable His People to live a life of obedience. We read, “…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33, “…I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.” Jeremiah 32:40, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:27. These wonderful promises gave the assurance that obedience would be their delight.
Let us listen to what the Lord Jesus says about obedience. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21. “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23. And in John 15:10, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” These words are an inexhaustible treasure. Faith can firmly trust Christ to enable us to live such a life of love and of obedience.
No father can train his children unless they are obedient. No teacher can teach a child who continues to disobey them. No general can lead his soldiers to victory without prompt obedience. Pray for God to imprint this lesson on your heart: the life of faith is a life of obedience. As Christ lived in obedience to The Father, so we too need obedience for a life in The Love Of God.
Alas, the thought is too common: “I cannot be obedient, it is quite impossible.” Yes, impossible to you, but not to God. He has promised to cause you to walk in His Statutes. See Ezekiel 36:27. Pray, and meditate on these words, and The Holy Spirit will enlighten your eyes, so that you will have power to do God’s Will. Let your fellowship with The Father and with The Lord Jesus Christ have as its one aim and object—a life of faith and belief in Christ, which has at its root: quiet, determined, unquestioning obedience.
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