It was a step of obedience.  It wasn’t easy, but by God’s grace I did what He was calling me to do.  That was two months ago, and I marveled over the weekend as I surveyed what God had done since then.

That one act of obedience led to an unexpected conversation that blessed me, which led to another unexpected blessing, which led to a huge unexpected blessing for my family—all of which is ongoing and has strengthened us in the midst of a difficult time.  I was stunned as I sat back and realized that I—my whole family—would’ve  missed this had I not obeyed.  And these are only the blessings I can see, and only the ones that have unfolded thus far.

In Deuteronomy 28, Moses sets forth the blessings Israel will receive if they obey God.  He said:

“All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God . . .” Deuteronomy 28:2

Not long after, God told Joshua:

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”  Joshua 1:8

It’s still true.  We don’t have to focus on the blessings we desire from God.  We don’t have to chase them.  If we focus on obeying His Word, we will be blessed.  It’s a promise.  It doesn’t mean we won’t endure hardship or difficulty.  It doesn’t mean it’ll always feel like we’re being blessed.  But whether we perceive it or not, whether immediate or delayed, obedience brings blessing.  Every.  Single.  Time.  And our obedience affects not only us and not only our personal fellowship with God, but our family and others around us.  When we obey, we set off a chain reaction . . .

Have you had a moment lately where you stopped to think of what resulted from your one act of obedience?

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