Following Orders

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 6:6-11

The next part of this preparation of God’s people for the conquest of Jericho was obedience. Obedience is an essential part of true faith, which is why the actions of the people are cited in Hebrews as a demonstration of faith. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).

What is it that most honors God and which God most delights to honor? Is it eloquent profession of faith? Many have called Jesus “Lord” but have later fallen away and ceased to serve Him. Is it the exercise of great natural abilities or talents? There are many who have had great abilities, but have squandered them on worthless things like the prodigal son who squandered his father’s money. Is it an attractive appearance or a wonderful personality? Saul was a great physical specimen, but he certainly finished his course badly. The true answer to the question is found in Samuel’s words to Saul: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).

The thing that most honors God and that God most delights to receive is obedience.

PRAYER

Teach us to obey You, O God, in everything. It is the very best gift we can give in response to Your grace. In the name of Jesus. Amen.