Does Blessing Follow Obedience?
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When I was a kid we used to sing a song in Sunday School about a story Jesus told about building your house on a rock and the last verse included these words:
So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ
The blessings will come down as the prayers go up
Blessing follows obedience, right? That’s what we teach our kids.
But is it true? Is it actually biblical?
Some of you as Connecting Streams’ Volunteers have experienced tremendous breakthrough this year.
But some of you, like everyone, have gone in obedience, done a great job, been faithful, and it just seems like all kinds of things have gone poorly. Your attendance has been unpredictable, distractions a challenge, support from facilities indifferent, and more.
We all go out of obedience. But for some, it may not feel like blessing is following that obedience.
Lately, I have been reading in Luke.
Luke 8:22-24 talks about the disciples in the boat when it stormed. One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” When I read that there are two things that stand out for me.
- Jesus told them to get in the boat.
- They did, and it stormed.
Now Jesus was God. He knew it was going to storm. Have you ever asked yourself why He didn’t just protect them from the storm? If his disciples were anything like most of us today, they had probably prayed that morning for protection for them and their families.
Jesus knew it was going to storm and yet he told them to get in the boat.
He said, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”
Oh, hang on a minute.
He said, “Let US cross.”
- They obeyed.
- It stormed.
- And, they experienced Jesus’ power in a way they never would have known on flat water.
Does blessing follow obedience? I think the answer to that question is that maybe we need to look at how we’re defining blessing. Ease and comfort and protection from danger? No, those don’t follow obedience.
But blessing? Yes.
Luke 8:22-24 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got in the boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.
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TRAINER: L Falk -staff team, Edmonton
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POSTED: May 2018