This Month's Promise

“...They will call Him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”

- (Matthew 1:23)


Read: Genesis 29: 15-30


OBEDIENCE IS BORN OUT OF LOVE, NOT DUTY


“... He loved Rachel ... And he worked for Laban another seven years.” (Genesis 29: 30)


Satan hates the radically obedient soul. He hates when a person is in the centre of God’s will. While saying yes to God does bring blessing, it is not easy. If our desire for obedience is born merely out of duty, we would give up quickly. However, if our desire is born out of delight, out of a love relationship that burns deep in our soul, it will not be extinguished - no matter the cost. One of the famous love stories in the Bible is that of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob’s love for Rachel was amazing because it was steady and persistent. He served Laban for fourteen years to earn the right to marry Rachel because he loved her that much. Genesis 29: 20 says “Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” We see here, how love changes a person’s view of his circumstances. When we love someone dearly we would do anything for him/her - and do it with the highest level of sheer joy. If we truly love Jesus we would not only serve Him but serve Him with absolute delight. “A real sign of spiritual maturity is loving God not for comfort and convenience but for a purpose and perspective”, writes Lysa Terkeurst. Comfort and convenience lead to complacency. When trouble comes, the complacent person becomes critical of God. On the other hand, the persistent person looks to handle trials and struggles in a way that honors God. If we love God and trust Him we will look for His purpose in everything. Romans 8: 28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God has a purpose and His plans to accomplish that purpose are perfect.


So dear friends, let us trust God’s good purpose, understand that He takes care of all the events of our life. This will change our perspective and we will see God in everything. Satan will try to keep our perspective in a place where our hearts are discouraged. But let us not pay heed to his voice. Let us continue to love God and trust Him all the more. Let us not look at our circumstances, but look at our Savior who loves us so much that He has given His very own life for us.




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let my love for you be steady and persistent. Let me look for your purpose in everything. When Satan tries to discourage me, let me not yield to him but let me be confident that you make all things work together for my good according to your purpose. Amen.