Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 39

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Obedience to God

1 John 5:3

Despite appearances to the contrary, God’s commands are not burdensome. Far from being hardships, they are consistently beneficial, because obedience to God’s will inevitably leads to divine blessing. In fact, it can be stated categorically that in the long run, disobedience to God always produces more pain than obedience to God. This is ironic, since the reason we usually disobey God is because we think that obedience will be more painful to us than following our own desires.

If God is really loving, the things He asks us to do are best for us. If God is sovereign, He alone can order our circumstances to bring about what is best for us. Thus, obedience is not burdensome if we are committed to the truths of God’s goodness and sovereign purposes.

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