“He [Zechariah] asked for a writing tablet to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God.” – Luke 1:63-64
He we see two-fold purpose of the Scripture, first that Zechariah was obedient to what was commanded and because of that obedience, we see God’s promise fulfilled. Secondly, once God honor’s His side, Zechariah gives glory back to God. Worship is circular in motion, we realize all that God has done for us so we are obedient to Him and then He continues to give right back. But let us not forget that it was God who first established the relationship through Jesus the Son and even before, by sparing Adam and Eve and Noah and his family in grace.
It is definitely easier for me to be obedient to the Scriptures today than in my past. I have learned, through experience, obedience is not about rule following but about a want to give back to God for all that He has done for me. I understand more everyday that if I live God’s way, my life is full of joy and less of the stuff that brings fear, anger, and sadness. When I follow God’s will in my life things are just easier than if I don’t and believe me I have tried it both ways.
And because of this joy, which I get to experience through obedience, I find that I cannot help but praise my God in this. Whether that honor comes in the form of song, words, or money it is a small return for the great things He has done for me. Giving back is the key, we have to remember where our blessings have come from, lest He withhold His blessing from us because of our hard heartedness.
Today, do not be afraid to give praise back to God for all that He has done. Be obedient to the Scriptures and see if that does not produce good fruit. When it does, remember to give back to the one who gives in abundance. Praise you Lord for all you do and all the great things yet to come.
God Bless You All and Merry Christmas,