The Peace of Obedience

Day 17 - April 10 / Elder Mark Harbeson

Proverbs 16:7-8

“When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”

There it is!  It took us 5 days, but we finally found the secret to peace and contentment.  Do what God says.

That’s it.  That’s the great spiritual truth we’ve struggled to uncover through this whole week.  Sorry I don’t have anything deeper for you, but that’s what you get for not hiring Tim Keller to write these posts.

If you don’t believe me, let’s see if this idea gets cancelled out anywhere else in Scripture.

Deuteronomy 4:40 “Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time.""

Well, this is all Old Testament stuff.  Surely the idea changes once Jesus arrives in the New Testament, right?

Wrong.  And don’t call me Shirley.

Luke 11:28–Jesus says, “Blessed...are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

We pursue Jesus because he first pursued us.  We want to please him because of what he did for us.  And we can please him by obeying God’s Word.  

We try and over-complicate this idea by coming up with gray areas, loopholes, and asking “What about…?” questions.  What we’re often doing is trying to find ways to justify our own sin, especially those sins we don’t want to give up.

Peace and contentment and blessing come from obedience to God’s Word.  

Sometimes, it really is just that simple.
Prayer Points:
  • Read and pray through Romans 6: 1-14.
  • Ask God for forgiveness for trying to justify your sins.
  • Thank Jesus for freeing you from sin once and for all.
  • Ask God to produce good works in you out of your faith.
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