Living with teenagers gives a new meaning to obey or obedience. Do they make it their daily goal to disobey? Some days I believe so. What about us? I have to stop and think as I stress the importance of feeding the dogs for the third time to my son, how many times does God tell me to do something over and over. I can tell my boys the importance of their obedience: they will be rewarded, praised and hugged and feel good about their accomplishment.
God, being the awesome Father He is, also gives rewards for obedience. It’s not material things we may be asking for, or could be if it is a need. It’s more important things that provide joy, peace and a loving heart. God talking to His Chosen People is the same as talking to us. (We are Chosen if we are His) “Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may LIVE and INCREASE and may enter and possess the land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers” (Deut 8:1). God has wonderful plans and promises for all His Children. He doesn’t save us just to sit around and be saved. He gives us gifts and abilities and thoughts to DO something for Him; something that will bring Him Glory. Romans 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. His promises for Ezekiel and the children of Israel are the same for us. We have several examples of producing fruit, which is a sign of growing and being productive. If your career is farming pecans, then you depend on the trees producing pecans. Of course some years produce more than others, but when a tree becomes diseased or too old to produce pecans, the farmer has to cut it down, burn it and plant another one that will produce. God wants us to grow in knowledge and grace and produce good fruit. If we don’t, or refuse, we are placed aside or cut away from the orchard. God is gracious and long-suffering and gives us time to be grafted in. God is the ultimate gardener and knows how to cultivate and graft to create the perfect flowers and fruit.