The Great Benefits of Obedience To God
Are you good at following rules or do you like to break them? Rules, for some, are difficult to follow because they can appear to be restraining. Most people would prefer to do whatever they want. In the natural, when someone refuses to follow the traffic rules (i.e. run a red light) it would be considered “breaking the law”. Appropriate consequences such as a suspended license or a traffic ticket may follow.
What if you were to look at the concept of rules from a spiritual vantage point? If you refuse to follow God’s rules (or Commandments) you are walking in what is called disobedience. There are some people who refuse to obey God’s commands. The mere idea of following God’s word seems to be overbearing, a straight up fun snatcher, or just plain ole boring.
It is imperative to know that anytime you disobey God to do your own thing you leave yourself open, vulnerable, and defenseless. Following “the rules” may appear to be restrictive, however, if you read Psalms 119 you will learn that obeying God’s commands produce the exact opposite results.
When you choose to operate in obedience you will receive 3 main benefits:
One of the first main benefits you obtain when you choose to obey God’s word is His unfailing protection. Psalms 119:114 says, “You are my hiding place and my shield: I hope in your word.” The author of Psalms was David and he understood the key to obtain God’s protection is obeying His word. Similar to a parent-child relationship, God will do anything to keep His children safe. It is any parent’s hope that the wisdom they instill in their children will be obeyed and their child will make the right decisions by taking heed to their advice, especially when there is some perceived danger. For example, a parent might tell their child don’t run across the street, touch the hot stove, or go to that party. The reason the parent communicates these things to their child is because the parent is well aware of the consequences that may arise if the child does not listen to them.
In case you forgot, God has a vested interest in keeping you safe. He will do anything for you to make sure you remain under the shadow of his protection. He has already committed the ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross to prove his love. Don’t ever think for a moment that God is not going to protect His investment, but the only way to remain safe is if you listen to what He tells you. He does not speak just to be heard; he speaks to be obeyed and with the hopes that His children (you and me) will make the right decision and listen to Him. God expects us to heed His instructions not to punish us, but to take it as a warning because he loves us and does not want to see us hurt. This revelation gives new light to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17.These commandments were not established to restrict you but protect you.
The best way to remain under God’s protection is to do the following:
1. Read the bible daily. Study and learn God commands.
2. Obey His commands intentionally.
3. Remind yourself that each word God speaks is out of love and protection for you, not out of restriction and punishment.
The second benefit of obedience is freedom. Psalms 119:95-96 states, “the wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. I have not seen a limit to all perfection but your commandment is exceedingly broad.” Again, David understood that if he did not obey God’s word he would be left vulnerable to attacks of the enemy (in his mind, physical body, finances, emotions etc). Therefore, taking heed to God’s word was critical and resulted in freedom. The last two words, exceedingly broad, does not sound restrictive or confining at all. Instead, they mean limitless or with endless possibilities. This means when you make the intentional decision to trust God at His word, you are liberated. The trick of the enemy is to lie and plant seeds of doubts that obeying God’s word will create enslavement. The truth is when you disobey the voice of the Lord and His righteousness you become a slave to the enemy and his unrighteousness. Paul, the author of the book of Romans, wrote in Romans 6:16, “Do you know that if you present yourself to anyone as obedient slaves you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death or of obedience which leads to righteousness?” He then goes on to state in Romans 6:22, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end eternal life.” Simply put, disobedience leads to death while obedience leads to eternal life. Just remember it was for freedom that Christ died on the cross. He did his part but it is up to us to make sure that we stay free and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law nor to sin. The only way you can walk and live in complete freedom is by listening and obeying what God tells you and by Trusting in Him.
The best way to remain in freedom is to do the following:
1. Cut out people, places, or things in your life that keeps you bound.
2. Renounce to the lie of the enemy when he tries to plant seeds of doubt and unbelief of God word
3. Consistently obey God no matter what.
The third and final benefit of obedience is peace. Psalms 119: 165 states, “Great peace have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble.” This means peace is contingent upon obeying God’s word. The moment you stray away from His word you will find yourself in chaos and confusion. Have you ever experienced a time when you had to make a tough decision but something about it did not seem right? You kept wrestling over it, thinking about it in your mind, but for some reason, you could not get any peace?
The best way to maintain your peace in God is to do the following:
1. Pray and ask God to give you guidance on what you should do
2. Look for scriptures in the bible that may be a point of reference on how to make the right decision