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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

He is the Reason

1 Samuel 4:12 - 8:22
The end of our reading today was a little heart breaking.  Israel, whom God has done so much for, whom God had chosen to be something special revealed that they didn’t want to be special any more, they wanted to be just like everyone else.
Although it may look like it, Israel requesting a king was not the problem.  In fact, God’s plan was for them to one day have a king. (Deuteronomy 17)
The problem was the reason they wanted a king- to be like other nations.
We get into trouble when we want the right things in life, but for all the wrong reasons.
Wanting a spouse is a right thing (It is not good for man to be alone. Gen 2:18). Wanting a spouse so you can be fulfilled in life is a wrong reason.  God, and God alone, is meant to satisfy us completely.
Wanting a great career is a good thing.  Wanting a great career so you can boost your ego is not.
One saying I have heard my whole life, and I am sure you have as well, is this-
Be careful what you wish for.
It is so true. Even good things in our life can bring troubles.
Marriages are great, but they are a lot of work.
Great careers are, well great, but they are, well, a lot of work.
But when you want these things for the right reasons the difficult days are much easier to navigate.
Israel is about to go through some difficult days. God is going to let them have what they want, but God is not going to walk through it with them.
If our decisions are always based on the right reasons, God will always walk with us through the hard days.
Israel rejected God as their King, yet they cannot escape His rule because God is the one who will appoint their new king.
God was not going to then, and will not now, step off His throne even if man asks Him to.
When we do not resist the rule of God, we will benefit from the rule of God. But if we resist the rule of God, we will only hurt ourselves.
Israel's reasons for their request was so they could be like everyone else.  God wanted them to be special.
God wants us to be special too and He alone always need to be our reason for everything we do.
We were His!!

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