Focal passage: Psalm 119:1-8
There are blessings in obeying the Lord. When we walk in the way God intends and seek God with our whole heart, the results are encouraging! Psalm 119:1-8, identifies the blessings of being “happy” and “unashamed.” It is an inner joy that brings peace and contentment, and yes, even a smile to our face. We find this joy in obeying God’s Word and we know how to do that by studying scripture. Therefore, as we have the choice each day to live for God, we find the tools in scripture to make godly choices. He doesn’t leave us on our own to helplessly find our own way.
A woman accepted a promotion at work that placed her in a management position for the first time in her career. She is a Christian and had prayed about this opportunity. She had received a peace and godly counsel that she was to accept the position. However, the first few weeks in the new position were rocky and painful. There were co-workers who wanted the promotion, and they were unkind to the new manager. There were specific attacks on the woman’s character and her confidence was shaken. She prayed and asked God if she had made the right decision. She asked God to please come to her aide.
After much prayer, her boss met with her. Her boss sat down across from her to discuss the list of new responsibilities for which she felt ill equipped and the behavior of her co-workers. Her boss kindly said to the woman, “I will help you with each of these things. We can do some of these tasks together, and you will not be doing it alone.”
The woman described the immense relief and joy she felt when she realized she did not have to figure this all out on her own. Her boss would guide her in meeting each challenge!
As believers, we can know that we are not on our own in trying to obey God. He gives us the instructions, His presence and His joy from obedience. What a blessing!