If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19 (KJV)
1 Samuel 15:22 tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice and that obedience pleases the Lord; in fact it delights Him.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
We need to understand that God is a covenant God and by the shedding of Jesus’ blood has cut a covenant with all who are His in Christ. It is an exclusive covenant that is offered inclusively to whosoever will.
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37 (ASV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Those in covenant own each other, each other’s possessions, and each other’s loyalties. The marriage between one man and one woman is portrayed in the Bible as a picture of Christ and the Church. In marriage the covenant is ratified in blood on the wedding night as the bride’s hymen is broken and her spouse is bathed in blood. At the New Birth, when one receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, His shed blood bathes the believer and he, or she, then becomes “the righteousness of God in Christ.”
The natural covenant is for life. God’s covenant is for eternity and the commitments made are to be kept forever. God will never break covenant. Man can but should never.
Obedience is the key to keeping covenant in that it is the natural (or supernatural) result of agape love. Jesus put it this way:
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. John 10:17 (ASV)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 (ASV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23 (ASV)
As you can see, these verses establish the relationship of real covenant. The blessings that many claim are not theirs to claim because there is no obedient relationship with the Lord. The wonderful thing is that those who keep covenant with God are rightful heirs of every promise ever made to Abraham, the father of faith. Yes, the “willing and obedient . . . shall eat the good of the land.”
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (ASV)