Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Cost of Obedience

“…when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison...” – Gen 39:19-20 NKJV [italics & emphasis mine]

As a babe in Christ, I thought the reason I was encouraged steadfastly to seek God’s will (and purpose) in and for my life was so that I may not run into trouble and lead a peaceful, successful and prosperous life. Some go to the extent of saying if you have opposition and hardship, it is God’s way of saying ‘you missed the mark’ Yet my humble Christian walk has taught me that, sometimes one run into trouble for being obedient to God. Joseph (text above) was thrown in jail for refusing to commit adultery with his boss’s wife. She told a lie (that Joseph attempted to rape her) to revenge his refusal to sleep with her.

Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den for refusing to worship an idol. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into fire for refusing to worship an idol. Paul and Silas were thrown in jail for preaching the Gospel…hundreds of Christians were killed in Uganda for standing firm in their faith. A Christian who refuse to give bribe (in a corrupt system) may have his/her right delayed or denied…yes, there are times when we obey God it may cost us dearly, but rest assured that God NEVER ends anything on the negative note; we will always have the last laugh…if not in this life, then in the life to come.

copyright ©2008 Light to my path † † † by TJM Kyara

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