10 Reasons For Obeying God

by Sister McCook

In our daily walk with God, we gain strength through prayer, meditation, and study of His word. 

It is through these channels of communication that our faith is nurtured and strengthened as we rest in the assurance of His promises outlined in His word and obeying God. 

Obeying the word of the Bible - 10 Reasons For Obeying God

All around us, we see a demonstration of God’s love in nature – the chirping birds, the fresh, beautiful vegetation all provide the peace and harmony we need for our daily sustenance. 

Here are some of the reasons to obey God and His word as we continue to reap the benefits of obedience and His unfailing love for us:

1. Obedience To God is a Demonstration of Our Love For God

After the fall of man, it became necessary that mankind would need a redeemer and as a result, God sent His only son, Jesus Christ to die to save us. 

This is the greatest demonstration of love, as this tremendous sacrifice has offered us hope.

Today, God still extends that unconditional love towards us – he forgives, reassures, restores, and provides a daily outpouring of His blessings. 

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15.

Man on knees worshipping, trusting, giving God thanks

Our love for God and His sacrifice should inspire us to obey Him and His word.

“By this, we know that we love the children of God when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:2-3

2. Obedience Provides a Roadmap For Our Lives

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29; 11 -13

We can trust God to direct our lives when we seek to obey Him and His word.   God created us, and He knows what is best for us. 

He knows the end from the beginning and when we choose to obey His leading, we can be assured that He will take us to His divine destination.

3. Obedience is a Act of Witnessing

We cannot say we love God and are not willing to represent Him or lead others in obeying Him. 

When we obey God and model Christian behavior, others will be drawn to us and will want to learn more about Christ.

Acts 5:32 says “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

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4. Obedience Increases Our Knowledge of Him

Our knowledge of God will be increased when we choose to obey Him and His word. 

By learning more about his character, obedience becomes easier.And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments”. 1 John 2:3

5. Obedience is an Act of Worship

God is worthy of our adoration and praise and in expressing our love and gratitude to Him, it is important that we worship Him by obeying His commands. 

It should be the desire of each of us to give glory and honor to His name through obedience as we join the Psalmist David in saying

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Psalms 119:33-34

6. Obedience is an Act of Faith in God

When we choose to obey God, our faith in Him increases.  Obedience to God and His word is a demonstration of our trust and confidence in Him.

It was through obedience to God that God’s purpose was fulfilled in the lives of the prophets.

“By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”Hebrews 11:8

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7. Obedience to God Contributes to Better Quality of Life

In obedience to God, He will always lead us to the path that’s best for our lives.  In obeying Him, He has called us His friend.  “John 15:14 says “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 

Being a friend of God is a wonderful opportunity and by trusting in Him, He will grant us the peace that passeth all understanding which contributes to a wholesome life.

8. Obedience Results in Abundant Blessings

Isaiah 1:19 says “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” When we obey the instructions from God, He pours out His abundant blessings

The apostle Peter, in obedience to Jesus, let down his net after his unsuccessful attempts to catch fish. 

In faith, He obeyed “And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the ships so that they began to sink.” Luke 5:6-7

9. Obedience to God Strengthens our Christian Walk

The more we read God’s Word and spend time in prayer and meditation, the more we grow in obedience and holiness as children of God.

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10. Obedience to God brings Joy

Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.” Psalms 112:1. Obeying God brings happiness, joy, and prosperity. 

The invitation is still extended to all to trust God and obey His word – choose Him today.

Bible Verses About Obeying God

The following are some of the Bible verses about our obedience to God.

 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. – John 14:15 
 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21 
 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? – Luke 6:46 
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. – Hebrews 5:8 
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:8 
And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. – 1 Samuel 15:22 
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. – 2 John 1:6 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, – 1 Peter 1:14 
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? – Hebrews 12:9 
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. – James 1:22 
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” – Luke 11:28 
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? – Romans 6:16 
For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:19 
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; – Isaiah 1:19 
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. – John 14:23
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. – Romans 13:1 
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; – Exodus 19:5 
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. – Hebrews 13:17 
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. – 1 Peter 2:18 
Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, – Titus 2:9 
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8 
Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, – Romans 1:5 
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, – 2 Corinthians 10:5 
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” – John 14:21 
Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. – Ephesians 5:21 
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1 
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, – Hebrews 5:9 
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. – Acts 5:29 
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. – 1 John 5:3 
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. – James 2:24 
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” … – Luke 5:1-39 
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” – Ephesians 6:1-3 
For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. – Joshua 5:6 
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” – Acts 5:32 
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. – Romans 13:5 
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5 
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1 
 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. – Deuteronomy 28:1 
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. – Ephesians 6:5-9 
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:14 
For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. – 2 Corinthians 2:9 
But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. – John 14:31 
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. – Proverbs 6:20 
Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. – Colossians 3:22 
You are my friends if you do what I command you. – John 15:14 
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. – 1 Peter 1:2 
 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. … – Deuteronomy 28:1-68 
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58 
So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. – Romans 15:32 
You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess. – Deuteronomy 5:33 
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 
 “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. – Exodus 23:22 
Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, – Ephesians 6:6 
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38 
If they listen and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness. – Job 36:11 
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2 
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. – Colossians 3:20 
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. – Deuteronomy 28:2 
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. – Ecclesiastes 12:13 
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, – Titus 3:1 
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. – 1 John 2:3-6 
To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. – Titus 2:5 
 “You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. – Deuteronomy 11:1 
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. – Revelation 14:12 
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. – John 15:16 
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27 
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. – Romans 8:14 
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. – James 2:26 
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:17 
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood … – Revelation 1:1-20 
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. – 1 John 5:2-3 
 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. – Deuteronomy 11:26-28 
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. – 1 John 3:21-22 
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14:6 
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 
And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.” – 1 Samuel 15:22-23 
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:11 
Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. – 1 John 3:24
I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments. – Psalm 119:60 
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. – James 1:22-25 
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. – Romans 12:11 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 
In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. – 2 Thessalonians 1:8 
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, – Philippians 2:12 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. – Proverbs 3:1-2 
And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. – 1 John 3:22 
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. – John 13:17 
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. – John 15:10 
And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” – Matthew 19:17 
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, – Romans 6:17 
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” – Hebrews 12:5-6 
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16 
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. – Luke 9:23 
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting. But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. … – Isaiah 50:4-9 
 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. – Luke 6:27-28 
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, – Romans 3:23 
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, – Deuteronomy 28:13 

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