"If you.... Then God will..."

The word of the Lord came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations, and keep my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.” 1 Kings 6:11-13

God here lays it out to Solomon before he starts building the temple. If you do this... then I will fulfill. Before the building of the temple, before anything is completed, God lays down the real law, a simple command, be obedient. Be obedient to His command, be obedient to His following. Be obedient to His order and structure. That is what God asks Solomon here, that is what he is asking me to do today.

I can’t stand when I am forced to do something that I don’t want to do. I remember I was working for this place and I they made us do something I just had a problem with. I hated it, I couldn’t stand it. I pouted about it, I tried to “reason” my with the boss. I presented arguments against it. But in the end I had to do it. Well I frustrated with the job and I quit. But that wasn’t right. I read this passage and think wow, I should have been different. God is a IF then God. IF you follow his decrees then He will...., well you fill in the blank. In my case IF I followed the order and structure of God then He blesses. I wonder how different I would be if I did it back then. Anyhow fast forward to today. God here is asking to just obey. Be trusting in His ways. And watch him bless. So when someone in authority over me at work ask me to do something which I may find the most stupidest thing to do in the world, I will be obedient to Him and do it. 

Lord thank you for the reminder that Obedience is the top priority for you. I am sorry for my disobedience as it is a rebellion against You.


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