Our Opinion vs God’s Commands

DATE POSTED Friday, 2021-10-22
WRITTEN AT: Kissimmee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 15:3; 7-9
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”
Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.

APPLICATION: God instructed Moses, a humble man with a speech impediment, to bring His people (over 1 million of them) out of Egypt, across miles and miles of bare desert, and deliver them to a special land He was preparing for them. Through many ups and down, God delivered His people, kicked out the inhabitants of the lands He wanted the Israelites to have and He saw them settle in to new lands that were free of slavery, and filled with milk and honey. With this as a backdrop, Saul was also ordered to continue the assumption of land for the Israelites, by killing all of the Amalekites and every living thing they owned. Now, looking at everything that God had already successfully carried out, using very unlikely leaders, one would imagine that Saul would do exactly as he was told. However, as you could see in verses 7-9, that was not the case. In fact, since Saul had done such a great job capturing the land – ha ha, he felt like he could assume ‘proper’ leadership and make decisions of his own. This is no different to what Christian leaders still do today, right? We know what the Bible says, yet we interpret it to our own liking and purpose. then we wonder why the church is not as powerful, or godly, or impressive to unbelievers, as it should be. Are you kidding, says the outside world? I know what you’re doing, you just want my money; or you just want more power; or you just want more TV viewers, etc. Meanwhile back in church business meetings, the leaders stop to ask God what could possible be the matter? Friends, later in the book of 1 Samuel, we will read about how God dealt with Saul’s disobedience. In our churches today, some of you may have lived long enough to see the results of disobedience to God, or where a church has lost its vision or its drive to do what God has commanded them to do. But since our churches are really a body of believers, and not a building as such, wouldn’t its decision making, or its obedience factor, be directly attributed to the hearts of the individuals involved? While the leaders who make decisions are primarily at fault, the membership still has a grave responsibility. Have we become so bold that we have pushed God aside, and decided to do what we think is best for today’s society? I believe it is time for us individually to stop looking at the world, and how to best fit in with the world and its wicked ways, and to instead seek God and His righteousness and obey His commands that He put in place for a successful man, woman, family, church, business, child, etc. God is the One we run to, and not the local newspaper, evening news, Town Hall, Senator or President. Only God can show us how to run: our lives, that He created; our families, that He put together; our churches, that He ordained; and our businesses that He has blessed us with. As His child, we need His Word; His leadership and His direction, in order to be successful in doing what He wants for us! If you are a child of the King, will you recommit to seek His face and His will, then totally obey what He commands?

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God had a plan not only for assuming the Amalekite land AND longterm success of Saul’s remaining reign, but Saul intervened with a plan of his own and totally destroyed the awesome plan God had in mind. Oh that we will learn an awesome lesson from this huge mistake by Saul. God has a plan, and He wants us to be a part of that plan, but He is more interested in our availability than our abilities. He knows what He’s doing!

PRAYER: Oh dear Lord, please teach us to trust in You and obey Your commands, no matter how convinced we are that we may have a better way. May we always remember what an honor it is to just follow Your commands and not have to worry about amending, or fixing, or adjusting anything about them. We are never smarter than our Creator! I believe you have great plans for us, and for the various things that we are blessed to be a part of, if only we will let go and let God have His perfect way. Please help us to always take our rightful place in our families, our churches, our social clubs, and our workplaces, and just stand ready to follow Your lead. Thank You Heavenly Father for using even us to accomplish Your mission here on earth. May we never be a stumbling block in the path of any that You have plans for. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Make God a Priority

Post Date:

Thursday, 2017-07-06
SCRIPTURE

From:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (Voice)

Text:

4 …The Eternal is our True God—He alone. You should love Him, your True God, with all your heart and soul, with every ounce of your strength. Make the things I’m commanding you today part of who you are. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re sitting together in your home and when you’re walking together down the road. Make them the last thing you talk about before you go to bed and the first thing you talk about the next morning. Do whatever it takes to remember them: tie a reminder on your hand and bind a reminder on your forehead where you’ll see it all the time, such as on the doorpost where you cross the threshold or on the city gate.
OBSERVATION:
God had just brought the Israelites through 40 years of ups and downs in the wilderness, but years filled with miracle after miracle where God showed Himself supreme in taking care of, and providing for, His special people. This was at the stage where Moses would soon die, so he was leaving his last reminders with the people as they prepared to cross over the Jordan river to their final destination. I believe he is obviously reminding the people, because he is not so sure that they discerned that this was an important step in their continued dependency on God. Did we learn from the Israelites, or even our past experiences with God?
APPLICATION:
We might spank, or otherwise discipline a child, and as soon as we turn our head away, the child tries that same thing all over again, hoping for a better reaction from us, if they are successful! Often we will throw our hands up and ask if they will ever learn! Kids will be kids, right? But isn’t it amazing how little we learn from those childhood experiences? Our prisons are filled with people who thought they could do it their way once again, but got caught in the act. Friends, there should come a time in our lives where Jesus affirms His faithfulness to all who believes in Him. There comes a time where Jesus will tender the hearts of unbelievers once again, and make the gospel of Jesus Christ very personal and inviting to the unbelievers. At these times it will be our responsibility and/or privilege to develop a close relationship with Jesus, and make that relationship more than a point of convenience that we surrender to when in trouble, but rather to make that relationship a priority upon which we make decisions, commitments, and on which we base our decisions as we seek to serve Him more fully. How is it with you today friends? Are you still ‘winging it’ and doing life alone? Making decisions that seem best for you and your family? Or are you fully trusting in Jesus, obeying His Word, seeking His direction, and surrendering self to Him? As one of the very last things that Moses was able to share with the Israelites, he told them to make God first in their lives and to prove who rules and reigns in their lives through their obedience to His commands and their sweet relationship with their Lord. Is He first in your life friend? Have you surrendered full reign to the Almighty God? Are you committed to making Him top priority in your life, so that He may have full reign, and show you His will for your life?
PRAYER:
Father God, You have been so good to us! Thank You for watching over us and filling us with Your awesome goodness and love for one another. Please forgive us for always wanting to take the reins and do life ‘our way’. We acknowledge that our efforts are nothing better than a good guess, while knowing deep inside that we could call on the Creator Himself to direct our path and show us the way. Lord, I’m Yours and I need You to always control my thoughts and my ways, so that I might be a pleasing aroma in Your nostrils. I surrender my will to Yours, and I ask these things in teh precious name of Jesus, AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!