PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Stalwart ObedienceJohn Tilton
Jeremiah 35:5-10 Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the Rekabites and said to them, “Drink some wine.” But they replied, “We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jehonadabson of Rekab gave us this command: ‘Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’ We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops.
The Rekabites exampled such stalwart conviction and obedience to the commands from their forefather Jehonadab. The whole series of commands not to drink wine, build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards illustrated their call and life as nomads, which even when invited by a man of God into the house of the Lord in a room of Godly men to partake of wine, they politely declined. One would think that being invited into the hosue of the Lord by a man of God and in the presence and privacy of Godly men that they would justify the invitation of partaking of the wine. Yet, they were persistent in their obedience. It causes me to ponder my obedience to God's will and commands on my life and the tendency to justify actions that are not of His will or in compliance with His word, even citing His word that says that we are forgiven seventy times seven. Do we often play mental games with ourselves in respect to God's will on our lives? How obedient are we given the different situations, temptations and influences in our lives?
I know that as the head of my household and father, my duty, responsibility and assignment is to provide and care for my family. However, like the Rekabites, what if God asked me to walk in faith rathering then securing the basics of life: food and shelter. What about the pleasures of life represented by wine. Yet, God doesn't ask me to go without the basics of life, but rather to be obedient to his Word and will. Thus, in perspective, I know that what He asks of me is not monumental and the type of sacrifice that many in the Bible has been asked to endure. He wants my heart and my stalwart obdience to refrain from sin.
Lord, thank you for the perspective of understanding that your call, assignment and will for my life is doable and much less of a sacrifice then others have had to and do endure. I give you my heart and pray for the Holy Spirit empowering me and guidlind me to be stalwart in obedience to your will for my life. You are not calling me to be a nomad but rather no compromise. May I be able to stand on your Word and promises in obedience.