How to Experience God's Promises for Yourself
“Follow all the directions the LORD your God has given you. Life will go well for you.” Deuteronomy 5:33 (GW)
Obey your Father in Heaven who made you and who loves you, and life will go well for you. What a clear verse.
In the Bible, God links faith and obedience over and over again. The promises of God are conditioned on you following the directions he gives you.
For instance, a verse we use a lot at SCC is: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
This promise of “God causing everything to work together for good,” isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who love God and obey him, answering their calling to live out his purpose in their life.
God has made some incredible, specific promises in his Word about obedience. In fact, there are so many promises that I can’t list them all here. But here are a few:
“God blesses those who obey him” (Proverbs 16:20 TLB).
“He saves those who obey him” (Psalm 7:10 GNT).
“The Lord watches over those who obey him” (Psalm 33:18 GNT).
“The Lord takes care of those who obey him” (Psalm 37:18 GNT).
“God gives us what we ask for because we obey God’s commands” (1 John 3:22 NCV).
“Always obey the Lord and you will be happy” (Proverbs 28:14 GNT).
“Keep God’s laws and you will live longer” (Proverbs 19:16 GNT).
“Those who obey him have all they need . . . Those who obey the Lord lack nothing good” (Psalm 34:9-10 GNT).
That’s an incredible list of promises. If you follow God’s directions, you’ll be blessed, saved, watched over, taken care of, given what you ask for, and happy; you’ll live longer and lack nothing good.
So, now you get to choose, are you going to live your life according to your plans… or Gods? If you want the above blessings (or benefits) of following God, I encourage you to obey him and trust him, even if you don’t fully understand what he is doing.
Obedience is the premise behind all of the promises. God gives you his promises by grace. But you get to enjoy his promises when you follow his instructions.