“Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.” –Jeremiah 7:23b
If Lexi follows my commands—if she walks in obedience—it will go well. She won’t get lost or hurt. Obedience doesn’t ensure that bad things won’t happen; Lexi might be threatened by another dog or forced to pass by a loud, scary truck. But if she obeys my instructions, things won’t go badly wrong. God promises us the same thing. If we follow his commandments—if we walk in obedience to him—it will go well. Things going well isn’t a reward for being obedient. Rather, God’s commands are rational, purposeful, meaningful, and wise. He commands us to do what is the best thing to do. Things will naturally go well when we do what is sensible, compassionate, generous, and wise. Things going badly isn’t a punishment for being disobedient; most of the time it’s a natural consequence of foolish behavior. Bad things might happen, but if we obey God’s instructions we can navigate them. Lexi should follow my cues for her own well-being; for the same reason we should follow God’s commands when we walk with him.
Dear God, Teach me to walk in obedience that it may go well with me. Amen