Psalms 112:1-3 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
It is not your hard work that will bring you success, it is your obedience. You would agree with me if I tell you that it was not hard work that brought Joseph to the second highest position in Egypt. Neither was it hard work that brought David to the kingdom. While not minimizing the importance of hard work, know this, many have worked hard all their life and at the end had little to show for it. That alone is evidence that there must be more to success than hard work. What could it be? Careful observation of the life of great men of the Bible revealed that the common trait that they all exhibited was uncommon obedience. They chose obedience amid difficult circumstances and with that they were rewarded with the favour and blessings of God.
Uncommon obedience comes with a price; you must be willing to do whatever it takes to honour what the word of the Lord says. Before you can possess that state of mind, you must engender the fear of the Lord spoken about in Psalms 112:1-4. To fear the Lord is to revere him. It is likened to having great respect for someone in your environment so much so that you would do anything they tell you to do. That type of reverence was shown to David in 2 Samuel 23:15 in response to him saying ’’oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem.” At the time the Philistines had built a garrison in Bethlehem. In response to David’s request, 3 of the mighty men with David risk their lives by breaking into the camp of the Philistines to fetch water for David. Like the reverence of the 3 mighty men for David, so should yours be for God, such that without hesitation you are willing to do whatever it takes to obey His words.
The choice that you must make today is if you will spend the rest of your life being ordinary or extraordinary. If you choose the later by default you have chosen to be a person of uncommon obedience. It is the price you must be willing to pay.
Life Application: Journal every instruction given by the Holy Spirit and do whatever it takes to get it done and get it done quickly.
Prayer: Dear Lord, your word declares that obedience is better than sacrifice and to listen is better than the fat of ram. Father, I pray that you grant me the spirit to always obey your instructions. I pray for the spirit to be submissive to your will. I pray for the grace to be submissive to your instructions. And I pray that you grant me this grace in the name of Jesus, amen.