The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 20 October 2019 – Disobedience is Dangerous
TOPIC: Disobedience is Dangerous
READ: Matthew 21:28-32 King James Version (KJV)
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
No parent will be happy with a child who chooses to be disobedient. Similarly, God our Father is never pleased with us when we choose not to obey Him. As we find in the passage read, the first son who changed his mind represents those who once were disobedient, but with time become obedient. The Lord is pleased with such obedient people. The other son represents pretenders who claim to be obedient but are not. The Lord is not pleased with such people.
We read in 1 Samuel 15:22, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” We must understand that nothing can take the place of obedience, be it the time, talent and treasure we sacrifice in the course of worshiping God. King Saul disobeyed God and thought the sacrifice of ram would make up for it, but got the rebuke of his life which ultimately led to his rejection as king. No amount of attendance at Church services, prayer meetings, or Bible reading can compensate for the sin of deliberate, continued disobedience.
May we also learn from Samson who as a result of disobedience …did not know that the LORD had left him” (Judges 16:20).
The consequence of this was that since Samson did not know the Lord had left him, he was not conscious of the fact that he needed to repent of his sins, and because he did not repent, he was suddenly destroyed. Indeed, disobedience is dangerous!
PRAYER: Lord God, reveal to me any areas of my life where I have been continually disobedient. I repent of them in Jesus Name. Amen.