Obedience to God | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

02.4.22 | Community, International, Pulpit Posts, World

The Outcome of Obedience to God will always bring blessings!

The Lord’s simple requests often serve as stepping-stones to life’s most wonderful blessings.

Simon Peter illustrates what can happen when we say yes to God.

The Lord wanted to use Peter’s boat as a floating platform from which to address the multitude, so He asked Peter to push his boat out a little way from shore.

Peter’s compliance to His request paved the way for a life changing blessing.

From his example, we also learn how essential it is to obey God in even the smallest matters.

Now Jesus, a carpenter, not a fisherman- was asking him to go fishing again?

Peter says, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as you say and let down the nets.

Peter’s reply demonstrates the beginning of a lifetime of faith in God.

Notice what happened as a result of Peter’s obedience – Jesus demonstrates His power.

Peter and his friends may have started the day off thinking their efforts had yielded nothing. They ended it however in complete amazement because they pulled in not one but two overflowing boatloads of fish.

Saying yes to the Lord’s request resulted in a miracle that transformed not only one fisherman’s life but also the lives of the entire group.

Obeying God in small matters is an essential step in receiving God’s greatest blessings.

If Peter had said anything other than YES, he would have missed the greatest fishing experience of his life.

Often, God’s greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to obey something despite it may appear very insignificant.

So ask yourself, “Has God been challenging you to do something seemingly unimportant that you have not yet made an effort to accomplish?”

Is there anything you have rationalized by saying, “It’s too difficult,” or “I have to pray about it first?”

Our obedience to God always benefits others.

Think of how many people were blessed by Peter’s obedience.

When we obey God, we will never be disappointed.

We like Peter, must recognize that obeying God is always the wisest course of action.

Perhaps you have hesitated to obey God because you fear the consequences of your decision.

God may call us to do something to see if we trust Him enough to obey Him, even when it doesn’t make sense to us.

He asked Moses a question, “what is in your hand?” For Moses, it was his rod. God told him to throw it down and when Moses did, it turned into a snake.

God used Moses and that rod to get the people out of Egypt and because of his obedience not his abilities.

So the question is “what is in your hand?”

When you choose to obey the Lord, He will bless you. Therefore, set a goal to obey the Lord and watch Him work in your life. God wants to grant everyone the desires of their hearts to bless them beyond imagination. It all begins with obedience.

Rev. Robert Jacobs

Rev. Robert Jacobs

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