I remember when I was a little boy.
Back in the day, my bible teachers at church used to talk to me about the importance and the benefits of obedience to God and parents.
At the time, nothing they said was interesting to me.
But as we go through life, we learn on our own what others previously wanted to teach us.
I write these lines sitting on a boat, next to a beautiful beach with turquoise blue waters, in a natural reserve in the Aegean Sea.
Sitting, I watch the fishes battle for a piece of bread, while the captain of the ship takes pleasure in catching them.
How unlucky the fishes I observe seem to be, because no one warns them that the captain’s bread is not food, but a deadly trap.
Nowadays, I can see how God in his infinite love, like a caring father, wants the best for us.
He shows us the way, so that we live life the best way.
Obedience to God makes perfect sense, because he loves us.
It is not about arbitrary demands; it is about wise advice, full of love to keep us from danger.
So that we can be happy with him.
Today, I aim to share with you 8 incredible benefits of obedience to God based on a bible story.
The story of Daniel’s friends in Babylon, when they had to choose between idolatry or to die being faithful to God.
Obedience to God in the life of Daniel’s friends
In our previous post, we shared part of today’s story.
King Nebuchadnezzar, in his pride, had a giant statue of gold set up.
Then he demanded that all the inhabitants of the Babylonian empire worship that statue.
After the first worship ceremony, a group of envious officials exposes Daniel’s friends, since they did not worship the statue.
The reason for their refusal was none other than obedience to God’s commandments.
To the commandment not to worship images, or to have other gods.
Let’s see what the bible records as the response of these young men, when they were questioned by the king regarding their refusal, and right after being threatened with the fiery furnace.
From this, we will learn important benefits of obedience to God in the bible:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered Nebuchadnezzar:
“We don’t have to defend ourselves before his Majesty!”
If we are thrown into the burning furnace, the God we serve can deliver us from the furnace and from the hands of his Majesty.
But even if our God does not do so, know that we will not honor his gods or worship his statue.
| Daniel 3: 16-18
The young men decided to obey God rather than be intimidated by the king, even if it meant paying for it with their lives.
The king had them thrown into a fiery furnace heated seven times more than normal, expectant at God’s reaction for them.
The Bible retells us that the king immediately observed four people walking through the flames.
If you remember correctly, they had thrown only three.
At that moment, he understood that the fourth person was sent from heaven, to save the lives of these young men.
Let’s read from the bible what ends up happening in our story.
Having said this, Nebuchadnezzar approached the door of the burning furnace and shouted:
—Sadrac, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, get out of there, and come here!
When the three young men came out of the furnace, the satraps, prefects, governors, and royal advisers gathered around them and saw that the fire had done them no harm, and that not a single one of their hair had been scorched; What’s more, his clothes weren’t burned, and he didn’t even smell like smoke!
Then Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed:
Praise the God of these young people, that he sent his angel and saved them!
They trusted him and, defying the royal order, chose death rather than honor or worship another god other than their own.
Therefore, I decree that anyone who speaks against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be dismembered, and that his house be burned to ashes, no matter what nation he belongs to or what language he speaks.
There is no other god who can save in this way!”
After that the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to a high post in the province of Babylon.
| Daniel 3: 26-30
God worked a wonderful miracle in the lives of these young people, from which we can reflect on the benefits of obedience to God.
#1 Superior moral conduct
The first of the benefits of obedience to God that I would like to mention out of this bible story is that:
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In the case of Daniel’s friends, the only thing that the people who envied them could find to discredit them was a matter of their religion.
There was nothing that could be found against them, since the time they had risen to power as administrators of the province of Babylon.
In obedience to God’s will, his conduct was blameless.
#2 Peace and trust in God amid trials
The second of the benefits of obedience to God that I want to share is that:
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We all have felt that things can get out of hand at some point when we are not being obedient to God’s counsel.
In the case of Daniel’s friends, faced with the terrible threat of being burned alive, they could have the confidence that God would protect them because they were being obedient to him.
And that if God did not save them, they could trust that after their death, their lives were secure for eternity in the hands of God.
#3 Courage to face life
The third of the benefits of obedience to God is that:
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Daniel’s friends had the courage to face death as a product of their confidence that in God’s eyes they were doing the right thing.
#4 A precise north to guide our future
The fourth of the benefits of obedience to God is that:
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Daniel’s friends did not have to hesitate about what decision to make regarding their future.
They didn’t have to live life adrift without knowing what decisions to make about dilemmas like the one they were facing.
God had been clear, they knew that what they needed to do was obey him.
#5 Divine Protection
The fifth of the benefits of obedience to God is that:
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Without a doubt, it was God who protected the lives of these brave young men as a response to their faith and their obedience.
#6 Witnessing to others
The sixth of the benefits of obedience to God is that:
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As they were brought out of the fiery furnace unharmed, the people who witnessed this event were able to understand that these young men were innocent.
They understood they served the empire and the true God with integrity.
Their faith and obedience were testimony to the truth for the lost.
#7 We glorify God
The seventh of the benefits of obedience to God is that:
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The result of all this controversy was that God’s name was glorified among the lost.
That God dignified himself before the king and before all the Babylonian empire.
If there was any doubt that the God of Daniel and his friends was the true God, these doubts were completely eradicated.
#8 We are promoted to spheres of greater influence
The eighth of the benefits of obedience to God is that:
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The bible says that he who is faithful in a little will be faithful in much.
These young people chose to be faithful to God in their sphere of influence, since they did not surrender to the trial, they received greater responsibility.
They were promoted in their positions of government, not only by the king, but by God, so that they could continue to give a more powerful witness to the entire empire.
Under any circumstance, full and loving obedience to God’s commandments is better than any temporary benefit that we could get otherwise.
When we choose to obey God, we can count on his favor and his protection.
We live the best life possible, and with our testimony, we draw those who do not know God to him.
God, in His love, has shown us the path on which life is best for us.
It is our privilege to put our trust in Him and to obey with confidence. Knowing that He is a faithful God.
And you? What do you think about the benefits of obedience to God? What is your experience? Share in the comments.
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