|Jeremiah 7:23 |
23 But this I commanded them, saying: 'Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.'2 [To hear the Lord we must patiently and persistently listen in humble silence; then we must obey what he commands completely. To obey is to follow the Lord, which all must do in order to be a true disciple. From the Word of the Lord within: "Follow precisely; do not deviate."]
2 Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.
Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people;
To listen to the Lord and obey is the key to spiritual progress. There is no progress without hearing and obeying. Until you can hear the voice of the Spirit of God and follow it, the moral core of the law is your schoolmaster. When you can hear the voice and obey it, that is the beginning of faith. When you listen, hear, and obey you have laid the sure foundation. All other foundations are sandy and will be washed away when the storm comes. He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9. If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. John 14:23-24
and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.
It is not enough to obey a command partially, or some of the commands, or all of the commands part of the time; we must obey completely what we are told to do at all times.
Moses has been told by the Lord to speak to a rock before their, (the children of Israel's) eyes, and it shall give forth water. Instead Moses had expressed anger at the people and then struck the rock twice. Despite this being the way the Lord had previously told Moses to strike the rock to bring water from the rock at Horeb, Moses was disqualified from entering the promise land by God due to his failure to follow orders.
Saul lost his kingdom because he did not completely follow the commands of the Lord spoken by Samuel which were: you will go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings. You will remain there for seven days until I come to you and show you what you will do. Saul offered burnt offerings himself, instead of waiting the full seven days for Samuel to come and to make them. This failure of Saul was evidently overlooked, at least temporarily, for in 1 Sam 15, Saul again fails to follow the Lord's instructions completely; and that failure caused Samuel to declare Saul's kingship over and to abandon him, never seeing him again.
This should be a major warning to us all that God requires us to completely and fully follow His orders. To obey completely and fully is to do an ordered work perfectly, which Jesus demands in Revelation 3:2, where Jesus is criticizing these believers' works as not being perfect; He not only wants works, He demands perfect works. The works to which Jesus refers are works of love in obedient faith to the commands you hear as you wait on God. Perfect works are to completely and fully follow His orders. From the Word of the Lord within: "Follow precisely; do not deviate."