Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 31, 2017

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 35.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+35&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Go and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “Will you not receive instruction by listening to My words?” declares the Lord.  “The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, which he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are observed.  So they do not drink wine to this day, for they have obeyed their father’s command.  But I have spoken to you again and again;  yet you have not listened to Me.  Also I have sent to you all My servants the prophets, sending them again and again, saying:  ‘Turn now every man from his evil way and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to worship them.  Then you will dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your forefathers;  but you have not inclined your ear or listened to Me.  Indeed, the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have observed the command of their father which he commanded them, but this people has not listened to Me.’”’  Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them;  because I spoke to them but they did not listen, and I have called them but they did not answer.’”

Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you;  therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always.”’”  Jeremiah 35:12-19.

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By faith, we obey God. 

By faith, we believe the promises of God for such obedience.

By faith, we tolerate temporary earthly conditions, setting our minds on eternal heavenly conditions.

The Rechabites obeyed God and received the reward as promised by God:  “Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you;  therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always.”   Verses 18-19.

The Rechabites’ obedience remind us of Abraham.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance;  and he went out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;  for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”  Hebrews 11:8-10.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

We should receive great encouragement and motivation that God clearly and repeatedly promises us rewards (also known as blessings) if we obey him.

“Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God:

“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.

“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

“The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.  The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.  The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.  10 So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will be afraid of you.  11 The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.  12 The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand;  and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  13 The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, 14 and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”  Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

Who would not want these blessings?!

But, we can not depend on how much sense it is to obey God.

And, we can not stand before God on our own.

We need God’s grace to obey God, and we need God’s grace to stand before God always.

Other doctrine depends on it own wisdom to make good choices to stand before God.

But, Reformed Doctrine depends on God’s choice of us (election) and God’s sovereign ability to make us stand before God always. 

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25.

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