Living in obedience to the Lord our God.

 King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the Lord his God. – 2 Chronicles 27:6

In the very short 27th chapter of this book we read of the story of King Jotham, son of Uzziah. Both men were known as godly kings, but the father sinned against God and was plagued with a disease on his head. The son did all the right things and even saw his enemies brought under his rule and was made of a good reputation. This happened because Jotham was careful to live in obedience to all the Lord told him to do.

Is there really any other lesson that the Bible teaches more on than, “Obedience is better than sacrifice” in conjunction with “Obedience brings blessing.” The Pauline epistles teach us that if a person knows to do right but doesn’t, then the refusal to do right is sin to that person. Just as Jotham was careful to obey God’s word and see the blessing that obedience brought, we, too, need to learn and live out this same lesson.

God rewards those who diligently seek him, but he blesses those who keep his commandments. Even Jesus, while here on earth, said to us, “if you love me, keep my commandments.” How hard is it to listen to God and do what he says? Not hard at all! It is we who make life difficult. We wonder why we don’t see more of God’s blessings and miracles in this modern age, but does anyone take the time to see if we’re keeping the commandments of our God? We don’t do so in coercion or obligation to a codified set of rules and regulations that God established 3,500 years ago but out of love to our God.

We can fulfill all of the Mosaic Law in this one thing — loving others as we love ourselves. Do this and you will see the blessings of God poured out in your life. Seek him wholeheartedly and do all he tells you to do. You will be surprised at the outcome.

Father, thank you for loving us and teaching us that blessing comes when we obey you. You don’t bless us and then ask us to obey. That would just be heinous. You don’t desire us to keep a set of laws, rules, and regulations out of obligation because that would be us earning our righteousness rather than being right with you through the blood of Jesus, which is your gift to us through grace by faith. You blessed Jotham because he followed your word, so Lord I expect to see your hand upon what I do, when I follow your directives. You don’t change, and that means you bless those who obey you. I’ve not perfect at keeping your word all the time, but you have forgiven me and cleansed me of all unrighteousness that I have confessed. Sins do take us back several steps, but you are willing and able and do help us get back on the right track when we seek you out. Why? Because you love us. Without you, I am nothing. With you, all is possible. Keep your hand upon me. I yield my life to you and seek your wisdom in all I do. May your will be done,  not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.