What you must first do in order to be able to keep God’s word without struggling.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word.
– Psalm 119:101
We’ve seen that there are multiple rewards for keeping the word of God both for now and the hereafter. Just like any parent, God is most pleased with the people who abide by His rules. They are His favourite and they have His ear first compared to those who use Him – who beseech Him when they need His help and dash off to live as they wish once their prayers are answered.
It takes personal effort on the part of each individual to keep the word of God. The precursor for keeping God’s word, as seen in the passage above, is first to restrain from doing evil. That means to have the moral fibre needed to keep the word of God, you must adhere to the age-long tenet of “see no evil, say no evil, hear no evil and do no evil.”
The Psalmist says he restrained himself from evil in every way, as this is the best way he could muster the strength to keep God’s word.
In most things in life, God’s factor is always constant. For instance, He blesses all living souls with 24 hours a day; He makes the same rain and sunshine fall on the good and the bad. But individual factors are variable and not fixed, that is why two or more different persons aspiring the same objective, using the same method, will not always get the same result, because each of them wouldn’t have done what they did the same way or with the same intensity.
To enjoy the full benefits of God, you must demonstrate obedience to His precepts. And to keep His precepts, you must first sanctify yourself – that is keeping away from all forms of evil in every conceivable way.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!