Why do you obey?
In 1 Kings 8 we find the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, and in 9:1-9 we see God’s response to Solomon. Both of these passages show that the Lord God was pleased to dwell with his people because his glory filled the Temple.
But, as Solomon’s prayer & God’s response show, obedience is the requirement for continued blessing & abiding. Showing a thorough understanding of the Scriptures, Solomon’s prayer is basically a rehash of the curses found in Deuteronomy 28, as he asks the Lord to hear the prayers of his people when they stray & then turn in repentance. His prayer shows that the people must turn to & follow God to walk in his blessing.
Likewise, God tells Solomon that it’s not just on the people to walk in obedience. Obedience and upright living is also a requirement of the king. As Scripture shows, as the king goes, so go the people.
Throughout the corpus of Scripture, obedience is a constant theme for God’s people if they are to walk with him. Yet, when we contrast the Old & New Covenants, there is a stark contrast. Under the Law, Israel walked in obedience in order to receive blessing & to maintain their land possession. It was very much works based. While salvation has always been by grace through faith, Israel’s blessings were surely based on obedience. Whereas, in the New Covenant we obey because we love God & want to serve him, not because there are blessings attached to our obedience, as we are not promised anything material like Israel.
With all this in mind, in what ways will you walk in obedience to God’s Word today?