Obedience and Blessing

Day 320

Prayer for the day

Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; love and truth go before your face. Happy are the people who know the festal shout! they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence. They rejoice daily in your Name; they are jubilant in your righteousness. For you are the glory of their strength, and by your favour our might is exalted. Truly, the LORD is our ruler; the Holy One of Israel is our King.

Scripture for the day

Ezekiel 3-4, Hebrews 11:20-40

Yesterday we read about the life lived by faith. Today, the writer of Hebrews continues in the same vein, exploring the life of faith in the early people of Israel. In fact, the writer runs out of room, claiming that there are too many examples of the life of faith working itself out in the lives of everyday people who submit to the will of God.

One of the important things about the life of faith and obedience, says the author, is that the life of faith is not lived for reward, but for obedience. The blessings that are guaranteed by God for living the life of faith may not be evident or quick in coming. They may never come until death or after, but it is not because God is faithless. The reason for the wait is that God desires maximum blessing for the maximum number!

Ezekiel learns this lesson in a difficult way when he receives the commands of God for his prophetic acts. He is called to play with playdough, lie on his side for a year or so, and cook his food over his own excrement, all as prophetic signs.

Obedience does not guarantee blessing for Ezekiel. Obedience is all about doing the will of God for God’s sake, and not for our own sake.

May you be blessed in your obedience, in the proper time, by the God who will always do what is best.

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