June 4: “The Blessings of Obedience”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Deuteronomy 8
Psalm 91
Isaiah 36
Revelation 6

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Deuteronomy 8:1 (CSB): “Carefully follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase, and may enter and take possession of the land the Lord swore to your ancestors.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

If you have read through the Old Testament books that Moses wrote, you’ve read Deuteronomy 8:1 and others verses like it. In these verses, God promised that if the Israelites obeyed His commands, they would take the Promised Land and they would live in it a long time.

But, have you ever wondered what the correlation was? What was it about obeying God’s commands that enabled them to conquer a massive task and continue in a state of victory?

Let me share some of the reasons that come to mind:

  • God’s commands are intended for human flourishing.
  • As the Israelites obeyed God’s commands, He was free to bless them.
  • As the Israelites obeyed God’s commands, they were free to experience the positive consequences of obedience.

Friend, these principles are transferable. They worked for the Israelites and they will work for us.

  • God’s commands are intended for our good. They are intended to help every aspect of our lives flourish as we obey them.
  • As we obey God’s commands, He is free to bless us in whatever way He chooses. While He cannot bless a disobedient child, He loves to bless those who obey Him.
  • As we obey God’s commands, we are free to experience all of the wonderful consequences of obeying Him. For example, when we use the biblical principles for raising children, we will be free to enjoy our children as they grow into adulthood and then begin their own lives. We will be able to sit back and find great happiness in knowing that our children are walking in the truth.

Friend, God has given us commands for our good. We would do well to read them and obey them. They are intended to help us thrive and live victoriously.

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Lord Jesus, help me to realize that Your commands are for my good. Help me to see them as a source of blessing and set my mind to obeying You wholeheartedly. Amen.

Photo by Alex Grodkiewicz

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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