In the Book of Exodus, we have the account of the Israelites leaving Egypt and heading for the land which God had promised them. Sadly enough, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, those who were over 20 years of age at the time would never live there. They would have to endure a lifetime of living in the wilderness but they would never receive the blessing. Why? The answer is simple. They persisted in being disobedient to the point that God said, "Enough!".
Forty years later, a new leader has arisen and a new generation has come to maturity. It was time for the people to go in and possess the land. God tells Joshua to be strong and of good courage. He tells Joshua that He will deliver the land into his hand but God also tells Joshua something else. He says:
We are saved by grace but at the same time, both obedience and disobedience to God yields consequences. If we want to prosper and succeed (and by that I don't mean material wealth so we can accumulate more "stuff"), we need to study and meditate on God's Word so that we will know how to obey God. It's as simple as that.Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.- Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
God gave very specific instructions on how to conquer Jericho. He told Joshua when and how to cross the Jordan and the people followed his instructions. He told the people to set up a memorial according to God's instructions and they obeyed. God commanded that the males be circumcised and they obeyed. They were commanded to celebrate the Passover and they did so.
Then God gave Joshua specific instructions on how to take the city of Jericho. Now, the command made no sense according to our understanding but God is not subject to us. We are subject to Him and we must do things His way.
If you read the sixth chapter of Joshua, you will see that unlike what had happened in the past, there is no murmuring and complaining by the Israelites. They simply obeyed God, even if they didn't understand why He was having them march around the city once a day for six days on seven times on the seventh day.
When did the walls of Jericho fall? When did God deliver their enemies in their hands? When the people were being obedient. The same is true for us today.
Amen.Obedience is a very important virtue in our Christian walk. We must not take it lightly but remember to seek Him in all matters and to walk in total obedience to His laws.
Thanks for sharing, Sister K
From Hwa Silverpen
Ultimately, the determining factor as to whether we finish our race and receive rewards or chastisement is found in our faithfulness which is to say our willingness to obey. If we stubbornly stand our ground and refuse to obey but instead offer sacrifices, God will not be pleased. "To obey is better than sacrifice" and those words are just as profound today as when spoken by Samuel to Saul.
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