Keep the king’s command

lion-565818_640Ecclesiastes 8:2: I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God‘s oath to him. (ESV)

A heart of obedience is a prized possession. David prayed that God will give him an undivided heart to fear his name (Psalm 86:11). Jesus said that it is not possible for us to serve mammon and God, and it is the person you obey that you serve (Matthew ), with Paul saying that we should yield our bodies as instrument of righteousness and not of unrighteousness (Romans 6:13).

But first we need to know the commandments first. Knowing them protects us. We cannot depend on social norms to determine truth or lie, we cannot take the word of another man for it; we cannot even follow our own sentiments, or acquired sensibility.

We cannot depend on the thoughts of our heart to guide us on the path of truth. Our heart the bible says is desperately wicked, who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?

Apart from knowing the word, we also need to commit to keeping it. God must be more real to us than what we see, as we seek to yield to his word, yielding to the Holy Spirit.

There are different forces that pull us against the will of God, one of it is fear. We see Jesus fearful in the Garden of gethsemane (Matthew 26:37-46), which was pulling him against the will of God which was to go to the cross and die. That was why Paul admonished Timothy to stop yielding to fear, saying God has not given him the spirit of fear but of love, power and sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7). Rather than yield to fear he should yield to the Holy Spirit, rather than be drawn back he should move forward.

Another thing that pulls us away from the will of God are desire to please others. That is why Jesus was emphatic when he said that if we cannot hate our father and mother, we cannot be his disciples (Luke 14:26).

What he demands is absolute commitment, absolute loyalty. Jesus said if he comes back to the earth will he find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8)? And faith is about acting based on the word of God as a show of commitment to it. The word of God should shape us, shape our decision, actions and relationship, and determine how we gauge reality.

We should be guided by God’s truth, otherwise we will embrace lies. When Eve chose to reject the truth of God, the only other option was lies, to reject light is to embrace darkness (Genesis 3). There is no middle way, it is either you are all in or all out; there are no grey areas.

The path of the righteous is meant to be a shining light that shines brighter and brighter until the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18), as the word gains deeper and deeper root in us, as we reject our own ways to embrace the ways of God, as we look daily into the perfect law of liberty and not being forgetful hearers but doers of the word (James 1:21-26).

A man in the first chapter of the book of psalms expressed commitment to the word of God, meditating on it day and night, then his actions are rightly guided, then he got the right result. He will be like a tree planted by rivers of water.

We should avoid associating with those who regularly disobey the word of God, who despise it, but we should associate with people who celebrate the truth, who hold his word in high esteem.

We need to check our attitude to God and his word. There is no point learning the word of God if you are not interested in doing them.

The bible says that the law of the Lord is perfect enlightening the soul (Psalm 19), so if I do not take the word of God as important then the end result is a darkened soul.

The bible says those who come to God, and by extension to his word, should “know that he is”, and that “he is a rewarder” of those who “diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Know he is

What you know about God will determine how you will treat his word. When God told Abraham to go sacrifice his son, the difference between obeying and disobeying is the difference between accurate and inaccurate understanding of God (Genesis 22). The picture he had of God informed his decision to obey.

When the devil was able to convince Eve that God is not who he claimed that he was, it was only a matter of time before she went down the path of disobedience. As mentioned earlier, we cannot get the accurate picture of God from popular culture or the internet, or our sociological class, we need Jesus to give us the accurate picture of God. He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, he is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13). Knowing the lord means knowing his ways, learning why he does what he does. It is not enough to just see him we need to know him. Paul says: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection (Philippians 3:8-14). You can only obey God to the limit that he is real to you.

Know he is a rewarder

We do not keep his word on vain, we are rewarded in doing it. Doing it is its reward because it means we are not doing something else which will leads us into dangerous traps. Doing the word comes with inherent blessings. Man remained blessed in the Garden of Eden when he continued in the word of God, to not continue into the word of God is to enter into curse.

Diligently seek him

In keeping of the commandment of God there is need for diligence. There is need for single-minded devotion, there is need for us to abandon any other agenda expect pleasing God. Paul enjoined us to walk worthy of the Lord pleasing him in all things (Colossians 1:9-10). It should not be our aim to just make the attempt to please God, it has to be wholehearted, total.  Seeking God diligently has to do with passion for God. And you cannot keep the commandment without being passionate about him.

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