Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD. ~Jeremiah 11:4-5
Are you an “Amen” Christian? If not, you should be! The word “Amen” means “it is so,” or “so be it.” It is also translated “verily, verily,” or “truly, truly.” It is the final word to the close of a prayer. It is a word of agreement and affirmation during preaching. It is a profound Bible word. When we use this word, we are affirming our agreement and approval to a matter of importance. In our devotion, we see Jeremiah giving a resounding “Amen” to God regarding the importance of obedience and God’s blessings.
We see the COMPLIANCE in obedience.
“Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you…” God commanded His people to simply obey His voice. Obedience is when we do and execute what we have been told to do. A command is an obligation to fulfill a requirement. Compliance is doing what we have been told. It is keeping the command and rule. Compliance means we do exactly as we have been told. If we change, alter, or refuse to do it, we are out of compliance. God, speaking through the prophet Samuel, says, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” Peter said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” All commands of God require our strict adherence and obedience.
We see the CONNECTION from obedience.
“…So shall ye be my people, and I will be your God…” Obedience to God’s commands clearly marks that we are the people of God. It identifies us with God, Who is our Creator, Savior, and Lord. It clearly indicates Whom we serve, Who is our Master, and the depth of our devotion. God’s commandments are not grievous, but for our benefit (1 John 5:3). Whom we obey indicates whom we serve. Where there is disobedience, we send a confusing message to people as to our dedication as a Christian. All of God’s Word is for our benefit, protection, and reward.
We see the CONFIRMATION in obedience.
When Jeremiah heard the word of the Lord, he wholeheartedly replied, “So be it, O LORD.” He was saying, “I agree, Lord.” He was saying, “Amen, Lord.” In Neh. 8:5-6, the Bible says, “And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.” The word “Amen” is a proper biblical response to the reading and preaching of God’s Word. It is not a word associated with a certain movement, or a people representing a certain area. Every Christian should be an “Amen” believer! Indicate your agreement with the Lord by saying “Amen” when there is preaching, when you hear a good report, and when there is a word of praise.
We see the COMPENSATION in obedience.
“That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.” God blesses obedience! God answers prayer when there is obedience. God favors us when we are obedient. God’s commands are His directive for a blessed life. We are either recipients of blessings or cursings. It all depends upon our obedience.
Don’t deprive yourself of God’s blessings. Follow through in living a life that is obedient and pleasing to God. Say like Jeremiah, “So be it, O LORD.”
Have an Amen God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Kings 10-11