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 All Of God’s Commandments Are For Our Good - Zac Poonen

All Of God’s Commandments Are For Our Good

Zac Poonen

God has always required obedience from man. Under the old
covenant, the Israelites were given commandments to obey.
But they discovered that they could not keep God’s laws

Under the new covenant, God promises to write His laws in
our hearts and minds so that we will not only obey Him but
love to obey Him. God’s promise is: “I will put My Spirit
within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you
will be careful to observe My ordinances.”(Ezek. 36:27)

It is only through obeying His commandments that we can have
fellowship with God.

Obedience however is something that many believers have not
understood. Most believers have so misunderstood ‘grace’
that they consider obedience to be an Old Covenant
requirement. God’s commandments, as a result, are considered
to be a heavy burden. This is a Satanic deception. It is the
result of an ignorance of God’s love. All of God’s
commandments are for our good and are meant to set us free.
They all originate in the heart of a God Who loves us

Moses says (concerning God giving His laws to Israel at
Sinai), “At God’s right hand there was a fiery law for His
people - indeed (this proves that) He loves His people”
(Deut.33:2,3 - margin). The fact that God gives us His laws
is a proof of His intense love for us.

Some of God’s commandments may require self-denial on our
part. But in the long run we will discover that they are for
our very best. A father doesn’t give commands to his
children to burden them or harm them - but only to help
them. This is how we need to see the commands that God gives
us too. To have faith is to believe in a God Who is perfect
in love. When we have such faith, we will delight to do
God’s commandments, at any cost.

Here lies the reason for so much of our defeat. The Devil
has convinced people that God’s commandments are either
unnecessary, or a burden. If we don’t understand why God
calls us to do something, that only proves our own
immaturity. One day, when we are a little more mature, we
will understand.

When children are compelled to go to school, they may not
understand why their parents won’t allow them to stay at
home and play. They may think their parents are being very
hard towards them. But it is love that makes those parents
compel their children to get an education.

Like those little children, we too don’t often understand
God’s ways. But if we believed in His love, we would obey
all His Word and submit to all His dealings, without any

Consider the matter of suffering. Why does a God of love
allow us to go through suffering? That’s because suffering
is a part of the syllabus in our spiritual education. It is
through suffering that God leads us on to maturity. If you
have not had much opportunity to suffer, you certainly could
not have learnt much in life that has any spiritual value.

Perhaps you grumbled and complained so much the last time
you had a little suffering, that God now allows you to go
your own way. That is sad, when God puts you on the shelf
like that. I’d rather go through suffering every day of my
life than be set aside by God on a shelf.

It is foolish to compare ourselves with others, when God
leads us through suffering. That would be like your children
wondering why they have to go to school when the poor
children in the slums can play in the mud all day. All of
God’s dealings with us are in perfect love. He wants us to
be happy - not with the superficial, frothy happiness of the
world, but with that deep, everlasting happiness that comes
through holiness of life. And there is just no way to be
holy except through suffering.

“He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His

Jesus was the happiest man Who ever walked on this earth.
Yet He was the One Who suffered the most. His happiness came
out of doing the will of His Father - not by having an easy
way through life. He knew His Father as perfect love and so
He joyfully submitted to all that the Father sent His way.
That was the secret of His life.


Patrick Ersig

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