"The Blessings Come After You Obey" - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - submitted by Dianne Prince
God met Moses as he was going about his daily business. Moses was tending sheep. Perhaps Moses was not happy, perhaps he was not doing what he expected to be doing at his age, perhaps Moses was disappointed in what he had accomplished in life. Nevertheless, Moses was blooming where he was planted. He was faithful where life had brought him to. Life had brought Moses from a man who had been served all of his life, to a man who was now serving his father-in-law by tending sheep.
When God called Moses, he assured Moses of success. However, Moses would not be given a sign of his success until after he was obedient to God’s command. God said to Moses, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. ”But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” (Exod. 3:10-12) Moses would have to step out on faith and blindly follow God every step of the way. He would not know until after his mission was complete that God had called Him to the task he had performed.
And, that is the way God works. He desires that you come to learn more about Him through being obedient to Him. Obey God by tithing when you do not have money to pay your rent or mortgage. From that experience, you learn that when you pay your tithes, God will grant you favor and He will supply all your needs. He will not allow you to be neglected, to lack your basic needs; nor, will he allow you to be financially destroyed.
In the midst of a terminal illness, when you wake up every morning and declare, ‘I will live and not die,” and when you do not waver from that confession, you learn that God is a healer and He is true to His Word. You also learn that life and death are in the power of the tongue, and what you say out of your mouth will come to pass. It’s in the Bible. Thus, believe it.
You learn that God is a deliverer and will bring salvation to your household when you obey his word that says, “Even if some [spouses] do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives [husbands], when they see your respectful and pure conduct.” As you walk upright before your unsaved spouse, and do not nag them, as you persist in upright conduct and do not waver, you see God save that spouse right before your eyes. Yes. That spouse who was doing everything and anything he felt like doing will be saved all because of your obedience to God’s word.
Scripture tells us Jesus learned obedience. "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." (Hebrews 5:8). We all have crosses to bear, issues to tackle, suffering to go through, and trials to face up to. But as we faithfully obey what God’s word says about our specific circumstance, we learn so much about the faithfulness and ways of God.
You come to know God better as you obey Him. You will not reap the rewards of obeying His Word until after you obey. God typically gives confirmation after obedience.
Noah’s family was saved after he built the ark.
Naaman’s leprosy was cured after he dipped himself in the Jordan, not one time, but seven times.
Jesus was glorified after He died on the cross.
And, you will get the victory after you obey God. His promises will be manifested after you step out and act in faith.
God requires your obedience before the blessings are manifested, before the favor kicks in, before deliverance comes, before the provision is made, and before you see His hand move mountains in your life.
James tells us, “Faith without works is dead.” Obedience is how you express your faith in God. It is how you tell God, “I trust you.” Obedience is how you learn to depend on God. And obedience is how you learn how faithful God really is.
Obey God first and watch your blessings flow.