Whoever tells you that there is no longer a reward for obedience in this world is a liar. The word of God, which is forever settled in heaven, has declared that obedience has its rewards in this world and in the world to come. Obedience to God opens the door to immeasurable rewards of this life and that which is to come. Therefore, one of the rewards of obedience is that it guarantees a prosperous and successful life.
Obedience to God is a prerequisite for exploits in life. Exploit in terms of what you are looking at today, simply means to be outstanding; to be distinguished, to turn heads, to be the best among the best, among the successful, you are the most successful. But that is not possible without obedience. In keeping to God’s commands faithfully, God’s blessings are rained from heaven upon those who keep to His commandments. However, God never demands you to do anything just for the sake of it. He always has your good in mind. When God gives an instruction, it is for your benefit in the long term. In the short-term, it might look unnecessary and make no sense but God is all wise and all good. Furthermore, God wants to know your heart and confirm that you will choose Him even when His instructions don’t make any sense. Never for once think that obedience to God is in vain. Your choice to obey God endears you to Him and attracts His presence. God is always where He is celebrated. The presence of God is everywhere but the active presence of God is not everywhere. It takes a habit of obedience to command the active presence of God. Another rewards of obedience is divine health and longevity. The governments of this world are spending billions of dollars every year on health care. Individuals are saddled with bills from health care every month and there is no sign of an end to it. However you can be on God’s health plan by choosing to obey Him. Following God’s instruction qualifies you for divine joy. There is an inner peace and joy that comes with knowing that you are doing what is pleasing to God. It always brings me joy to know that I am in the centre of God’s will and it creates an assurance that everything is going to be alright and that victory is sure. However, disobedience to the commandments of God, has it’s own bad side of reward. Saul lost the kingdom that was his because of disobedience. Samuel said to Saul, you have done a foolish thing by not obeying the command of the Lord, your God. If you had obeyed, He would have let you and your descendants rule over Israel forever. But now your rule will not continue. Because you have disobeyed Him, the Lord will find the kind of man He wants and make him ruler of His people. Saul lost his kingship of Israel to a mere shepherd boy David, due to disobedience. The first degree of humility is obedience without delay.
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God is neither a task master nor the user of people. He is a rewarder. He has not called you to serve Him in vain. When you serve Him accordingly, His reward and blessings are inevitable in your life. Therefore the rewards of obedience is that it attracts favour and overflow in your life that you won’t be able to handle.