"You shall not tempt the LORD your God… You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you…”

—Deuteronomy 6:16-18

Here are three reasons to obey God’s Word that you may not have thought of. 

First, as this passage suggests, to disobey God is to “tempt” Him, or to “put Him to the test.”  Picture a misbehaving little child putting his parent “to the test” to see if the parent will really hold the child accountable for his disobedience.  You do not want to play disrespectful games with God.

Second, God’s commands are “the commandments of the Lord our God”!  They are God’s commands, not a man’s.  They are God’s commands, not suggestions.  You do not want to disobey, or even disregard, God’s commands.

Third, God promises that obedience is for our good.  While this is not the highest motive for obeying God’s commands; nevertheless, obeying God’s commands are not only for His glory, but also for our good.  You do not want to insist that you know better by disobeying the God who loves you.

One last thing: Obedience to God’s commands doesn’t get anyone into Heaven.  The only way to be saved from the wrath of God (since none of us are perfectly obedient) is to trust in Jesus Christ.  His sinless life and His death on behalf of His people is the only pathway to Heaven.  But once saved, those who have trusted in Him, love Him, and want to obey His Word.