God’s law doesn’t have to be burdensome. We can obey God’s Word with delight when we know His laws are for our good. His Word contains abundant life and they are to be our counselors. See God’s law as good.
Obeying God’s law can easily be a “must-do” rather than an “I want to.“
God doesn’t just want us to only obey His laws, but to also desire for His laws. Psalm 119:20 says, “My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.” God wants us to long for His laws.
Understanding that God’s Word is for our good will compel us to desire for His Word. No one wants anything that will harm them. We all tend to gravitate towards offers that are for our well-being. We too must see God’s Word as something good for our spirit, body, and soul.
God tells us plainly that we will be blessed as we obey His ways. Psalm 119:1-3 says, “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—they do no wrong but follow his ways.”
Let us not tolerate any temptation of the enemy. We must remember that the enemy comes only to steal, kill, and destroy us (John 10:10). Why would we consider anything the enemy has to offer?
Jesus gives us a good example of how we are to resist the enemy. In Matthew 4, we see the enemy trying to tempt Jesus in the wilderness after He had fasted for 40 days. Jesus’s response to the enemy was always with, “It is written….” Not only did Jesus respond to the enemy with the Word, but He didn’t welcome a conversation with the enemy. Jesus responds to Satan in Matthew 4:10, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
The enemy will try to deceive us into believing that God’s Word isn’t good for us and entice us to sin. We must 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒎 in God’s Word and remember that 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗳𝘂𝗹. Don’t give the enemy even a second of your thoughts. Instead, take captive every thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
Have you been tolerating the thoughts of the enemy?
Pray and ask God to help you to see His law as good. Psalm 119:18 is a great verse to make as your prayer: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
When our heart is to please God, obeying Him becomes about loving Him instead of following rules. He is 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆. The least we can do in return for God’s love is to give Him our whole heart, soul, and mind. Jesus makes it clear that the only way to love Him is to obey His commands (John 14:15).
Obeying His commands isn’t burdensome when our desire is to please God. Ask God to give you a heart after His. So remember, see God’s law as good.
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Prayer: Jesus, I ask that you help me to see you rightly. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your Word.