God rewards everything we do for Him. I learned afresh this morning that what I do for Him would have no value without obedience. I have been attempting to write a Bible Study on a certain topic. I deeply believe that the topic is important. But I felt like I hit a brick wall that I could not penetrate. It occurred to me that I wasn*t working hard enough on the study. I made a commitment to the Lord to get down to work on it. A few moments after I made the commitment the Lord quickly gave me a new and better outline for that study but put it on the back burner by dropping this precious study into my lap. God does reward every work we do for Him. But He gives the greatest blessings for simple obedience.
Oswald Chambers expresses truth about obedience in a way that I cannot. Here is the devotional that he wrote on Matthew 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
In spiritual relationship we do not grow step by step; we are either there or we are not. God does not cleanse us more and more from sin, but when we are in the light, walking in the light, we are cleansed from all sin. It is a question of obedience, and instantly the relationship is perfected. Turn away for one second out of obedience, and darkness and death are at work at once.
All God*s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. Let God*s truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it. The only way you can get to know is to stop trying to find out and by being born again. Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. One reads tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit, when five minutes of drastic obedience would make things as clear as a sunbeam. *I suppose I shall understand these things someday!* You can understand them now. It is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal what you know already. Beware of becoming *wise and prudent.*