“Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.” – Philemon 1:21
How wonderful it is to have confidence in someone’s obedience. To trust that they will do as you instruct and even go the extra mile to boot. God had this kind of confidence in Moses. Moses was not only obedient to do God’s will with no promise of reward but when God got angry with the Israelite’s for their disobedience and idol worship, Moses was more then obedient. He interceded on behalf of a people that God was ready to destroy. Between their murmuring, refusal to lay their idols down, and constant disobedience, God had had enough and told Moses that He would just destroy them all and start over with him.
“But all the congregation bade stone them (Moses and Arron) with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.” – Numbers 14:10-12
Now think about that for a minute. Think about what God was offering. Moses would have been the new father Abraham, he would have had it easy with a new people that looked at him with reverence, while these only murmured against him. Yet Moses didn’t flinch. His heart was not set on himself or all he had to gain from this, but was broken for the people and fearful for the Name of the Lord among all people. So he interceded on behalf of these people and the integrity of God’s reputation, as all knew the Lord had promised a specific destination for these people. So God harkened unto Moses’s selfless prayer, for the sake of His Name.
“But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.” – Ezekiel 20:9
You see, when our opening passage says, “Having confidence in thy obedience, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say“, the “more” comes from the heart. Tithing is required by God and those that don’t tithe take upon themselves a curse for their disobedience, but the offering is “the more” that comes from the heart and is greatly blessed. Obedience is required and expected, but God honors “the more” with more. When we show God that even when we are given little task, seemingly insignificant instructions, or invisible labors, we are faithful to not only obey, but go the extra mile from our heart in love and do even more, pray more, fast more, labor more, endure more, humble more, give more, or more sacrifice; then God sees our heart and will trust us with more. You know that you can trust God, but He is looking to see if He can trust you, and trust you with more. Obedience comes when we fear God and that’s good, but “the more” comes when we love souls, and the Father of them, and that’s better.
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” – Luke 16:10