Faith and Obedience Are Good Reasons to Rejoice

Faith and obedience, as used here, are a reference to believing God and doing what He tells you to do. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on the faith and obedience. When we believe that God will take care of His own then we can rejoice about what we believe that He will do or because of our faith. However a silent crowd often suggests that there is a lack of faith in God doing what He said He would do.

Faith is demonstrated by obedience (see Jm. 2:26). Rejoice as a demonstration of your trusting obedience to God’s instruction to rejoice. The psalm writers taught us in Psalm 150:6 to let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

We know that it is a noisy praise, because the text says to praise Him with the instruments, and Psalms 100:1 says to shout for joy unto the Lord.

In our text, we ought not over look that they shouted with a great shout. Rejoice as a demonstration of your trust and obedience in what God will do.

Haggai had to tell the leaders and elders to rejoice in faith, in Haggai 2:1-9. He had them to know that God would do a greater thing in the smaller Temple than He had done in the larger.

Self Examination
1. How are you doing with your faithful obedience to God, including rejoicing, even when you don't feel like it?

2. What are you going to do to improve in this area?

Great and awesome God, the one who calls me to trust and obey, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have been so good to me. You have instructed me to do what is best for me, if I would only obey.

I confess that I have not always exercised faith and obedience. There have been times when I did not rejoice, because I either did not see how things were going to get better or because I did not feel like it. Please forgive me. Help me to live according to your will. In Jesus' name, amen.

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