Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
February 12, 1959

The Reward Of Obedience

Howard S. McCutcheon, San Francisco, California

The fortieth chapter of Exodus opens with a resume of the things which the Lord told Moses to do in connection with the construction, assembly and furnishing of the tabernacle. This is followed by a detailed account of how Moses did all of these things, ending with the general statement: "Thus did Moses: according to all that the Lord commanded him, so did he." (Exodus 40:16.)

After everything had been done, we read: "So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle." (Exodus 40:3344.)

The lesson of this chapter is the satisfaction and reward that comes from faithfulness and obedience. Moses had listened carefully and had completed faithfully all the instructions that were given him. Then, "the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle."

So it is in the lives of everyone. If we listen carefully the words of God found in the Bible and obey diligently in carrying out faithfully His will for us, then with certainty and to our great peace and satisfaction, the glory of the Lord will shine in our souls and illuminate our lives.

Yes, it's as simple as that. As an old gospel hymn puts it, "trust and obey, for there's no other way." To know God's will for us we must be attentive to His revealed will, we must understand that will, we must obey as we understand His will, and as we do so it will become plainer and clearer to us. Then, as we execute it faithfully, the glory of the Lord will indeed fill our lives.