It Pays to Obey

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I remember on one of Tyler Perry’s movies where the mother was talking to her daughter about forgiveness and how God was going to take care of everything and Madea interrupted the conversation and said, ‘God takes too long’. Most of us laughed at that part, but in reality we don’t think it’s a laughing matter. Sometimes it does feel like God is taking too long to do what He promised.

God told Noah that something was going to happen that had never happened before and He has told you that He is going to do something that has never been done before – in your life, but a lot of times it requires you to do something that you have never done before. Noah never built an ark before and we know this because God had to tell him how to build one.

When God told Noah that He was going to destroy the earth, He gave him instructions. Noah built the ark the way God told him to, he gathered two of every living thing (male and female) and he gathered food for his family and the animals. What Noah was preparing for could not come until he was prepared for it. If what he was expecting came too early, it would have destroyed him and his family.

Normally, we just look at what Noah built, but we don’t look at what God was building in Noah – faith, patience and perseverance. God was also teaching him how to trust Him. What God asked him to do was not completed in one night. It was hard labor, but remember that a laborer is worthy of his reward (I Timothy 5:18). He was doing what no one else was doing, but it didn’t matter what others were doing or not doing. Noah did ALL that God commanded him (Gen 6:22). 2 Peter 2:5 calls Noah a preacher of righteousness. I’m sure there were those who didn’t think he was a ‘real’ preacher or that he heard from God. They probably laughed at him. Even though he had a family, I’m sure he felt alone sometimes.

Sometimes people feel like going to church or paying tithes and offering or doing anything for the Lord is in vain and because it doesn’t look like anything is happening for them, they stop, but they stop before God could start. Going to church is not about attendance. Tithing is not about money. It’s about trust. It’s about obedience. Stop focusing on yourself. Stop looking at what YOU can get out of it. There are other souls involved here. The thing that God is about to do in your life is not just going to help you, but it is going to help others. Noah’s obedience not only saved him, but it saved seven others. God wants to bless you, but He can only bless your obedience.

God gave the children of Israel a word – a promise. He told them He was going to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians. They initially believed what Moses and Aaron said and they escaped, but the Egyptians would soon pursue them to get them back. When the Israelites looked back and saw the Egyptians behind them, they lost focus. They didn’t focus on what God said, but they focused on what their enemies were doing (or trying to do).

If God has given you HIS word, put your hope in that word. Blessed are they that hear the word of God and obey it  (Luke 11:28). There is a reward for obedience and your obedience is about to pay off – and I’m not talking about when you get to heaven. I’m talking about while you’re here on earth.

When you do what God tells you to do, nothing good will be withheld from you. If it hasn’t happened yet, it may be because you’re not prepared for it yet. Don’t be angry with God. He is only protecting you from that which wishes to destroy you. And don’t rush God. You don’t want your vine to cast its fruit before its time (prematurely). You want everything to happen at the right time and at the time God purposed. Noah wasn’t somewhere waiting on God. He was working. He was obeying God. He was believing God for something he hadn’t seen yet.

Whatever you’re praying to God about, believe that you will receive. Don’t ask for bread, but then expect a stone. I know there have been many disappointments, but God is not like man. He will not lie to you and He will not disappoint you. He is your great reward (Gen 15:1). So don’t stop doing what God told you to do. Your labor is not in vain. It is not useless. There is purpose in everything you do for God and that purpose will be fulfilled in your life and in those who are connected to you. Your reward may not come immediately, but it will surely come. Kenneth Hagin once said that when you disobey God, it costs you, but when you obey Him, it pays! So don’t get discouraged. Your Father, Who sees what you do secretly, is about to reward you openly.

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