CONTINUE TO DO WHAT GOD HAS TOLD YOU TO DO, NO MATTER THE RESULT

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JANUARY 22, 2024

TOPIC: CONTINUE TO DO WHAT GOD HAS TOLD YOU TO DO, NO MATTER THE RESULT

BY T. O. BANSO

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9 New King James Version).

Continue to do what the Lord has asked you to do, no matter the result you get. Failure is one of the components of success!  Many have succeeded in the same place they have previously failed. Don’t stop doing what God has told you to do because of initial failure or lack of the expected result. But be sure it’s God who asked you to do it and you have not deviated from His instructions.

In Judges 20, before the children of Israel went to fight the erring tribe of Benjamin, one of the tribes of Israel, they went up to the house of God to inquire of God which of the tribes of Israel should go up first to battle the Benjamites. The LORD said that Judah should go first. Following God’s guidance, they went to the battle but, unfortunately, the other tribes of Israel were defeated. The Benjamites killed twenty-two thousand men of the Israelites.

What was the reaction of the other tribes of Israel? Judges 20:22-23a says, “And the people, that is, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and again formed the battle line at the place where they had put themselves in array on the first day. Then the children of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until evening, and asked counsel of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I again draw near for battle against the children of my brother Benjamin?’” (New King James Version).

The Lord told them to go up again against the Benjamites. They did but the Benjamites still defeated them; they cut down to the ground eighteen thousand more of the children of Israel who drew the sword (Judges 20:25). The Bible does not tell us why this happened again even though the Israelites went to the battle with God’s approval.

After the second defeat, the tribes of Israel enquired again of the LORD if they should go again to battle against the Benjamites or cease, and the LORD said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand” (Judges 20:28b New King James Version). On this third occasion, all the other tribes of Israel defeated the Benjamites.

Always enquire from the Lord as David did (1 Samuel 23:2, 4; 30:8; 2 Samuel 2:1, 5:19, 23). But don’t be discouraged by an unfavourable result in the course of obeying God. Continue to do what God has asked you to do. To obey is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). Your faithfulness is more important than the result. God rewards faithfulness.

Matthew 24:45 says, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?” (New King James Version). Luke 12:42 says a similar thing.

In the parable of the talents, Jesus said about the servant who was given five talents, traded with them, and made another five talents, “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’” (Matthew 25:21 New King James Version).

The servant, who received two talents and brought two other talents as profit, received the same commendation (verse 23). But the servant who did not invest the one talent he was given was unfaithful and condemned. His lord said to him, “You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents” (verses 26-28 New King James Version)

Continue to do what God has asked you to do, no matter the result you are getting. In 1 Kings 18, after Elijah had gone to pray for the heavy rain he said he heard its sound, he kept telling his servant to go up to look toward the sea. He asked him to go again seven times, and it was on the seventh time that the servant reported seeing, arising out of the sea, a cloud as small as a man’s hand. Thereafter, there was a heavy rain. Elijah never gave up until he got the desired result.

1 Kings 18:41-44 captures the story thus: “Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’ So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, ‘Go up now, look toward the sea.’ So he went up and looked, and said, ‘There is nothing.’ And seven times he said, ‘Go again.’ Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, ‘There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!’ So he said, ‘Go up, say to Ahab,’ Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you’” (New King James Version).

Be obedient to God even if people laugh at you. If you continue to do the will of God, no matter the result, God will reward you in this life, eternity, or both. Don’t be a quitter. “But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” (2 Chronicles 15:7 New King James Version).

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (New King James Version). Continue to do what God has told you to do, no matter the result. May God give you the grace to obey Him, no matter what. “I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what” (Psalm 119:112 Contemporary English Version). The Living Bible says, I am determined to obey you until I die.” Continue to do what God has told you to do, no matter the result.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to continue to do what God has asked me to do. Let me not be discouraged by the lack of the expected result. I shall persevere and not give up in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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