23. Be obedient to God

God sent one plague after another on the Egyptians. The magicians of Pharaoh could imitate the first two plagues. They could also turn water into blood and cause frogs to jump all over everyone. Of course their demonic powers are very limited, even though they could imitate that first two plagues, they couldn't do it on a grand scale and they certainly couldn't stop the plagues given by God! And when they couldn't imitate the third plague even they admitted that it was the 'Finger of God'.

Now it was only after the fourth plague, the plague of flies that Pharaoh agreed that the Israelites can go and worship their God, but he wanted a compromise.

"All right! Go ahead and offer sacrifices to your God," he said. "But do it here in this land. Don't go out into the wilderness." Exodus 8:25

He wanted to compromise, he didn't want them to obey the Lord completely. But Moses wouldn't have it. He had learned that God is not a God of half-measures. God wants total obedience. Half obedience is the same to Him as disobedience. We see it right through the Bible. For example several years later when the Israelites were told to take Jericho, God told them that all the proceeds from Jericho should go to Him. All the silver, gold, bronze and iron was considered sacred to Him and should be brought to His sanctuary. All the Israelites obeyed, except one man, Achan. His greed took hold of him and he took a beautiful robe, two hundred silver coins and a bar of gold for himself. And what happened? God punished all of Israel because of this. God wants 100% obedience!

Another example is where God instructed King Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites. He told Saul to destroy them all, including all their livestock. Saul went into battle and destroyed all of them except:

"Saul and his men spared King Agag's life, and kept the best of the sheep, cattle, the fat calves and lambs - everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality." 1 Samuel 15:9

And what was the outcome when Saul didn't obey God 100%? He lost his kingship, he lost his joy, in fact he lost everything.

Imagine what would have happened if Moses was starting to tire from going back and forth to the Pharaoh the whole time and decided that maybe this compromise was not that bad. They probably would have had their three day feast and would have returned to being slaves and God would never have displayed His wonders for all to see. Or maybe God would have eliminated Moses there and then and chose someone else to continue with His plan for His people. Only God knows, but luckily Moses was 100% obedient.

We must learn a lesson from this. I had to learn it the hard way too, I tried to bend God's arm on certain issues in my life, but He remained firm. And when I look back now, I shudder to think where I would have been had I not been 100% obedient. I think sometimes people find themselves in very difficult situations because they were not fully obedient and then they wonder why this happened to them. But the truth is they didn't listen. Or sometimes people don't achieve what they want to achieve, because they didn't adhere to God's Voice. God demands total obedience of us all and when we are obedient, He will bless us for doing it and lead us onto the right path.

Lord, please forgive us if we are not always fully obedient. Please help us and give us the strength to stand up for You and to obey Your Voice to the last letter. You know best and we want to follow You. Amen 

1 comment for “23. Be obedient to God”

  1. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Sunday, 07 October 2012 at 8:43:25 PM

    Dankie, Ilze
    As jy die toets dop, gaan jy hom weer skryf. God is genadig

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