If I obey God, then what happens?

“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”  Genesis 22:17-18.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 20-22, and Luke 8.

Abraham obeyed God.

I must be careful not to be motivated to obey God because He will then give me stuff.

Whatever God “gives” to those who obey Him is good for us.  It may not be material things.

What I want is to have God’s blessing on my life and on my family’s lives.  What that blessing will look like is all up to God.

In a verse in Genesis 21, an angel of God tells Hagar that God has heard the crying of her son Ishmael and will take care of them.  I want that.  In my obedience to God, I get His Ear.

How can I actively obey Him?  I must be tuned in to Him.  I have been repeating two questions frequently: “God, where are You in this moment, and what do you want me to see and do?

Those questions bring an awareness of God to my forefront.  They keep me from drifting through a day with little consciousness of His presence.

“Lord, I adore You.  You are great.  I need You running every second of my life.  Prick my conscience when I am drifting from You.  I can’t live that way.  Empower me to see/know what You want done and to be into getting those things done.  I love You, Lord.”

Obeying God is a good thing.

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