Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise.
They grumbled in their tents
and did not obey the LORD.
Some people who would like to believe in the promises of God and to be recipients of His blessings, find it very difficult to have faith even as small as a mustard seed. “Some people say they want to obey the commands of God, but as soon as they realize that there is something they ought to do, they start looking for an excuse or act dumb. None of these people realize the very close relationship there is between faith and obedience. If we do not have faith, what motivates us to obey? And if there is no willingness to obey what good is faith for? Faith without obedience is simple sanctimoniousness. Obedience without faith is just an act of mechanical compliance. Without faith there can be no true obedience and without obedience there is no demonstration of faith. Can you imagine Noah, Abraham, Moses, or any other distinguished member of the “Hall of Fame of Faith” failing to obey God’s instructions? What do you think James, the brother of the Lord Jesus, meant when he wrote “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”?
Let us understand, then, the inseparable and dynamic relationship there is between faith and obedience in order to move forward in our spiritual journey and reach the goal which is Christ, “the pioneer and perfecter of faith” who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Do not think that we will receive any of the blessings described in the promises of God if we do not follow the commandments that Jesus left us. Always keep in mind that obedience must be “obedefaith” and that true faith must be “faithdience.” Only to God be the glory!