Ecclesiastes

Joyful Obedience

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It has been said that “God prefers reluctant obedience rather than joyful disobedience.”  But this statement is misleading.  When we first learn to obey God, we sometimes do so reluctantly because we leave the familiar territory of doing as we please to discover the uncharted waters of yielding our will to His.  But once we understand that obedience to the Lord produces joy in our life, we also begin to realize that there is no such thing as “joyful disobedience.”  For, in fact, ignoring God’s directives is a joy stealer.

Alan Redpath states it this way:  “When there’s disobedience in the Christian life, the fullness ceases.  And you soon know when you’ve lost the fullness because the joy is gone.”

If you find that you are resisting obedience to God in some area of your life, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”  because no matter how vigorously you try to justify disobedience in your life, you can never replace the joy that is lost when you say “No” to God.

Dear Christian, run to do His will, and lay hold of the resulting joy that God has provided for those who obey Him.  There is nothing to lose and everything to gain, for a joyful heart stems from an obedient heart.

“Obedient submission is the only way to joy.”  Charles Stanley

Commentary from the Pathways devotional by David Jeremiah, June 9.

Withholding

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In the day of prosperity be joyful,

but in the day of adversity,

consider:  without question,

God has made the one

as well as the other,

so that man cannot discover

anything that will come after him.

Ecclesiastes 7:14

“God ordains both kinds of days and withholds knowledge of the future.”   Page 738, Ecc. 7:14, The MacArthur Bible Commentary, by John MacArthur.  Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2005.