BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 2:1-12
“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 (NKJV).
Yesterday we looked at Joseph and studied his sensitivity to hear from God, as well as his obedience which led to the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose. Today, we will look at two more benefits of obedience to God’s Word.
Our Key scripture today tells us of the wise men who came from the east, bearing gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh. These are very precious items even by today’s standards. The currency of every country in the world today is still benchmarked by Gold. Frankincense and Myrrh are very rare and precious spices.
When Herod came for the baby, Joseph took his young family to Egypt for safety as instructed by God and in that strange land, the gifts the wise men brought, became the provision that kept them throughout their stay in Egypt. This means, your provision is in your obedience. Every time God speaks and gives an instruction, it might not make logical sense, but when we obey, we find that all the things we have been believing God for and praying about, will be found in the place of obedience. If you want to enjoy the best God has for you, become an obedience based disciple.
Secondly, we see that the obedience of Joseph protected him and his family from the attack of Herod. “Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.” Matthew 2:16 (NKJV).
Our protection is also in our obedience. The devil only has access to us when we live in disobedience and leave a door open for him to come in. When this happens, he takes advantage of it and brings us harm. But in the place of obedience, we have safety and protection. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV).
The name of the Lord is a strong tower but it is the righteous who run into it who is saved. Obedience brings protection from the power of the enemy. To live in dominion you must train your spirit man to hear God’s voice clearly and also to obey promptly and completely at all times.
Father, I thank You for making provisions for me before the need arises.
I receive grace to be an obedience based disciple of Jesus. Amen