What if we Studied so as to Obey?

Power of obedience.



What if We read so as to obey?
Genesis would have been sufficient evidence against darwinism,
But here we are, running away from our creator, repealing any ties with Him.

What if We read so as to obey?
Exodus would have revealed to us the power of God unto salvation.
But here we are with no assurance of salvation, walking blindly with no hope for tomorrow.

What if We read so as to obey?
Leviticus would have been a sufficient manual on how to conduct ourselves before God and in our societal interactions.
But here we are, groping in deep darkness of ignorance of God’s ways as if they were never revealed in the first place.

What if We read so as to obey?
Numbers would have revealed to us God’s justice and how much we can trust Him with what seems insurmountable.
But here we are, fidgeting at the capricious ways of the enemy of souls.

What if We read so as to obey?
Deuteronomy would have been to us the law of God amplified and a revelation of the power of obedience.
But here we are, not sure if the law of God needs to be kept, deceiving ourselves with the ‘cheap grace’.

What if we read so as to obey?
Joshua would have revealed to us the LORD, who is our captain of war and defender in all spiritual battles.
But here we are, facing the enemy of souls with theological arguments and intellectual faith.

What if we read so as to obey?
Judges would have revealed to us a just and a merciful God who smiles not at disobedience but who honors our genuine repentance.
But we are, repenting due to the painful consequences of sins and not because of its sinfulness.

What if we read so as to obey?
Ruth would have revealed to us the universality of God’s love and His acceptance of all who chose to be part of His followers.
But here we are, thinking that God loves us more than the hardened Worldlings who are swimming in ignorance of truth.

What if we read so as to obey?
Samuels would have revealed to us a God who uplifts the faithful and a no respecter of persons.
But here we are, treading on presumptions, imagining that God will just somehow uplift us and make us better than the best.

What if we read so as to obey?
Kings would have revealed to us that righteousness exalts nations and individuals,
But here we are, hoping to benefit from a favouritism, when if by obedience perfect and perpetual we would have cleaved to eternal longevity.

What if we read so as to obey?
The Chronicles of the kings of Israel would have revealed that the true worth of individuals is not dependent on their power, istead, on how much they trust in God.
But here we are, attributing all our success to human aptitude.

What if we read so as to obey?
Ezra would have revealed to us the power of faithfulness at work even in a secular set up.
But here we are, doing little and we stand ready to strike at the slightest inconsistency, joining the crowd in evil.

What if we read so as to obey?
Nehemiah would have revealed to us the power commitment to God’s work.
But here we are, doing God’s work lackadaisical, afraid of discouragement and ready to leave church at the slightest provocation.

What if we read so as to understand?
Esther would have revealed to us the power of faithfulness in such a time as this.
But here we are, buying, instead of redeeming time, yet the days are evil.

What if we read so as to obey?
Job would have educated us on how to trust God even when He seems silent when we are hurt.
But here we are, blaming God for all the pain in our life, and ready to quibble and cavail.

What if we read so as to obey?
Psalms would have taught us the power of singing all the way throughout our life.
But here we are, singing in the sunshine and gaiety, but wroth when pushed to the valley of the shadow of death.


What if we read so as to obey?
Proverbs would have been to us wisdom to unravel all puzzles of life.
But here we are, repeating the same mistakes whose solutions have been revealed.

What if we read so as to obey?
Ecclesiastes would have been of life’s philosophy.
But here we are, being tossed about by all the epicureans and stoic philosophers.

What if we read so as to obey?
Song of songs would have revealed to us that God is not shy about sexuality and Romance.
But here we are, removing Him from our romantic lives, as we privily consume His gifts like contraband.

What if we read so as to obey?
Isaiah the gospel prophet would have revealed all we need to know about Jesus,
But here we are, yet to know Him as we should and thus our lives cannot be that of continuous obedience.

What if we read so as to obey?
Jeremiah the prophet of hope and doom, would have revealed to us the principle of cause and effect.
But here we are, thinking that God will defy His law to prevent us from reaping our just results.

What if we read so as to obey?
Lamentations of the prophet would have been enough for us.
But here we are writing another book of Lamentation as we face life’s problems.

What if we read so as to obey?
Ezekiel would have revealed to us that we have to be saved according to God’s appointed way,
But here we are, too ignorant of that which to know, is life eternal.

What if we read so as to obey?
Daniel would have shown us the possibility of remaining a Christian even in Babylon.
But here we are, satisfied by being fair weather chriastains.

What if we read so as to Understand?
Hosea would have told us the everlasting mercy and love of God.
But here we are, unmerciful and unforgiving, in this world and even in that to come.

What if we read so as to understand?
Joel would have revealed to us a God who will restore what the cankerworm has eaten and pour on us the latter rain.
But here are, not getting ready to be used for the great work of the final harvest.

What if we read so as to understand?
Amos would have revealed to us a God who can use anyone to do His work.
But here we are, in presumptive sufficiency but hoping He’ll use us anyway.

What if we read so as to obey?
Obadiah would have warned from merriment resulting from other people’s pain.
But here we are, kindling our fire by demolishing our neighbour’s house.

What if we read so as to obey?
Jonah would have called to us to be faithful whatever the mission field be.
But here we are, choosing where to minister, forgetting His biddings are enablings.

What if we read so as to obey?
Micah would have revealed to us that God is in need of our faithfulness and no offering from a deceitful soul means anything to Him,
But here we are, thinking that we can sanitise our ‘dirty money’ in the course of God.

What if we read so as to obey?
Nahum would have revealed to us that impunity will not last forever.
But here we are, living as though we were in charge of our destiny.

What if we read so as to obey?
Habakkuk would have commanded us to reverence in the house of God.
But here we are, we seem as those who want to bother everyone, including God.

What if we read so as to obey?
Zephaniah would have called our attention to the day of the Lord.
But here we are, with zero preparation as if time and tides were waiting for someone.

What if we read to obey?
Haggai would have confronted us with the need to put God first in all that we do.
But here we are, in our paneled houses, while God’s church looks like a warehouse.

What if we read so as to obey?
Zechariah would have revealed to us that who ever touches us, touches the apple of God’s eye.
But here we are, living like any other person, oblivious of what we mean to God.


what if we read so as to obey?
Malachi would have revealed to us the secret to open the stores of heaven by faithful stewardship.
But here we are, chairing meetings that discourages people from returning their tithes.

“Faith in God’s word, prayerfully studied and practically applied will be our shield from Satan’s power, and will bring us off conquerors through the blood of Christ.”

—The Review and Herald, February 18, 1862.

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