“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land” (Isaiah 1:19)
Obedience is simply defined as compliance to an order or submission to superior authority. Violating a laid down rule is non-compliance and most often results in disciplinary action. The world is what it is today because of disobedience that occurred in the Garden of Eden by the first human race (Genesis 3:1-6). But Jesus Christ came to pay a once for all price for sins on behalf of human being for a lifetime enjoyment with God (I John 3:8).
Interestingly, it’s in human nature to disobey because we hate restrictions. Have you ever asked yourself why a small child will keep attempting to torch a flame of light despite repeated caution from the parents? The flame is attractive and he doesn’t see any danger in engaging with it. The Almighty sees what we cannot see and because of His love for us, He constantly advise us to stay within His boundary for our optimum blessings.
There are avalanche of examples for us to learn from in the Bible as far as consequences of obedience and its opposite is concerned. From Adam and Eve, to Jonah, Abraham, and Joseph the earthly father of Jesus and King Saul (the first king in Israel).
Glory represents everything that is awesomely shinning and attractive to the eyes. It is the opposite of shame. Whilst the mindset of God is to carefully lead us to the pinnacle of glory, Satan also has a plan to stop us from getting there (John 10:10). A major key to obtaining and sustaining the promises of our loving Father is obedience (Isaiah 1:19; I Samuel 15: 17-23). Most often, His instruction may be “out of alignment” but still be prepared to obey Him (Isaiah 55:8-9).
In this brand new year, resolve to submit your will and way to His superior wisdom and instruction; follow where He leads as you diligently and meticulously meditate on God’s words, you will be on your way to the top of your God-planned glory (Joshua 1:8).