The Blessings of Obedience
Obedience to God leads to being blessed by God.
- Holiness will preserve you (v. 1-2).
“And at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed and you say, ‘How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof.’”—Proverbs 5:11-12
- Love will anoint you (v. 3-4).
“Teacher, which is the great commandment of the Law?” And Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”—Matthew 22:36-37
- Trusting God will not fail you (v. 5-6).
Question: What is your only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.— Heidelberg Catechism
- Humility will heal you (v. 7-8).
- Giving will satisfy you (v. 9-10).
“God will bless you with an increase of that which is for use, not for show, for giving away, not for hoarding. Those who do good with what they have shall have more to do more good with.”— Matthew Henry
- Discipline will change you (v. 11-12).
“Had any other condition been better for you than the one you are in, Divine Love would have put you there.”— Charles Spurgeon