Wednesday, May 20, 2020
We know God's Will....We Choose not
“Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Genesis 22:2
Our difficulty is not that we don’t know God's will. Our discomfort comes from the fact that we do know His will, but we do not want to do it! When God first spoke to Abraham, His commands were straightforward. “Go to a land I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). Then God led Abraham through a number of tests over the years. Abraham learned patience as he waited on God's promise of a son, which took twenty-five years to be fulfilled. Abraham learned to trust God through battles with kings and through the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The pinnacle of Abraham's walk of faith was when God asked him to sacrifice the one thing that meant more to him than anything else. Abraham's previous obedience indicated that he would have quickly and decisively sacrificed anything else God asked of him, but was he prepared for this? God did not ask Abraham to make such a significant sacrifice at the beginning of their relationship. This came more than thirty years after Abraham began walking with God. As the Father progressively reveals His ways to you in your Christian pilgrimage, you, like Abraham, will develop a deeper level of trust in Him. When you first became a Christian, your Master's instructions were probably fundamental, such as being baptized or changing your lifestyle. But as you learn to trust Him more deeply, He will develop your character to match bigger tests, and with the greater test will come a greater love for God and knowledge of His ways. Are you ready for God's next revelation? - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Much has happened in my short life. Short? Yes, I consider it short compared to the Godly men I have known in my life.
To read of the mighty men who accompanied King David in the book of Chronicles is incredible to behold. They had no technology like today and yet the amazing things they did because of what the Lord enabled them to do.
Each day I am granted here on Earth I try to be thankful for what the Lord has enabled me to do. My hope is that in my actions or inactions that I don't give Him a black eye.
I try my best to live our Colossians 3:23-24. It's not a boast...but a realization of God's Will.
We read of many in the mainstream media or social media raging on about what's right and wrong with the world. Quite a few are purported Christians who have been giving Jesus a black eye. Carrying on and swearing at the events of the world that God is working on. Nothing in this world happens apart from the will of God.
When Jesus gave the Church the Great Commission, He didn't preface His command with "if you can.." or "if it's not too much trouble...".
Many indeed claim they know better than God by the words coming out of their mouths. They act as though God's asleep or not paying attention to their lost rights or problems they endure.
The will of God isn't too hard to understand if you have eyes that see. Trust and obey. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and Spirit. Love your neighbor as yourself. Bear one another's burdens. In everything give thanks. Fill our hearts with songs, hymns and Spiritual songs. Keeping our minds on things above not on things down here. These are just a few.
What are you showing the world that the will of God is? Are you more concerned about your wants than what He says you need? Are you trying to lead in your life rather than follow as a Disciple? Are you telling God He's got the plans for you all wrong? What is the real source of your angst against the world? Is it really your disobedience to God?
Are you finding your rights are more important than God's will being done?
We have but a short time on this planet to be useful to Him. Then it falls to someone else when either we become useless to God or are taken home. Christians can indeed become useless to God. If they are not following Jesus as they should and aren't living as He commanded then indeed they are useless. Useful only as an example of what not to do or be like. There are whole Churches that are that way.
Living for Jesus a life that is true striving to please Him in all that I do. As the hymn goes.
Are your thoughts at all focused on what God wants of you? Do you spend quality time with Jesus? Are you raging in the world rather than engaging you heart and mind in prayer to the one who CAN change things? Dear reader, READ more of your Bible. Read the solid, proven, examples in the Old Testament. Look at the disasters that occurred when even those Godly men acted without asking the Lord first. Look at the turmoil of King Saul. He panicked and disobeyed, it cost him the kingship. Upon entering the promised land rather than adhering to always inquiring of the Lord they got suckered into alliances that plague them to this day. Look at what it cost Aaron or Moses. Look at what selfishness cost even King Hezekiah. His intense longing to not die, sure he was granted more years, but the horrors to come from a son yet to be born to him cost Israel dearly.
Obedience and trust. Believing in what we do not see as of yet. Knowing that Jesus has the situation well in hand. Exercising faith.
Be careful of what you do and why you do what you do. Your why is incredibly important. Is it because of your lack of control or because you don't agree with God's control of a situation?
Christian people are not immune to selfishness. We are not immune to pride issues. We can be just like the world in discrediting God and berating His work in the world.
This world has a destination. It's on a trajectory for Judgment. It is coming.
At the right time, Jesus came, to fulfill Scripture. At the right time, Jesus will come again, to fulfill Scripture.
Our lives should be a reflection of Christ not a reflection of the worst our sin can show.
Reflect on that today. Is it your will that you are shaking your fist at God for not happening or are you obeying in what He is telling you to do?