Now by this, we know that we know Him if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:3-4
Each story of a biblical figure told in the Bible is associated with God’s commandment. Every book written in the Bible is filled with His commandments. The book of Exodus writes out God’s commandments that were given to the Israelites. Thus, God’s commandments are not something new. They were present from the beginning of time when the earth was created until the end of time. God’s commandments are written from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation.
There are several reasons why God gives commandments to His people. One reason is for the good of people; so that people can enjoy the life that had been given to them. For example, God commanded Abraham to leave his homeland and family behind with the purpose to bless him and make him into a great nation.
It is like parents who want their children to live well, be safe and enjoy a comfortable life. Parents will surely give commands to his children – advising them to be careful in living their lives, to stay away from evil, to be diligent in their studies and careers, to be frugal, and to have a good community. The purpose is for their children to live well and enjoy their lives.
God is the same as us. He gives us commandments so that we can live well, be successful and enjoy the blessings from Him. But unfortunately, not everyone obeys His commandments. People, in general, like to live freely. Often times, they choose to live without rules or discipline. They ended up rebelling and grieving God’s heart.
Praise God that He understands this situation and gifted us with the Holy Spirit to lead and enable us to obey His commandments.
Let us start to live a spirit-led life so we can obey God’s commandments. Our lives will be blessed even more so that we can bless others and glorify God’s name. God bless.
Source: Article from GBI Gatot Subroto, Jakarta