1 Samuel 2:10 Opposing God

those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed. 1 Samuel 2:10

In many nations around the world there are leaders that if one opposes them, they will be destroyed. Some leaders will destroy the opposer by death and others by prison.

These same types of actions can also be found in various organizations throughout the world. Opposition to leadership is nearly always frowned upon and dealt with harshly. Yet, there are many people who will oppose leadership in the desire to be the leader.

Hannah sang a song of praise to God after the birth of Samuel. She stated that those who oppose God will be broken and that God will thunder from heaven and judge the earth.

Throughout the world there are many people who will directly try to oppose God and His people. Their goal is to destroy all believers and Christianity. This is a part of living in a fallen world that does not know God and can be expected.

At the same time there are many believers who try to oppose God. Even though they claim to believe in and follow Jesus, they choose to not follow His ways completely. Selfishness, pride, greed, and fear rise up in their lives and they choose to live their own way, rather than do what God calls them to do.

These same people will claim the grace of God, rather than becoming holy as He is holy. For a time, it may appear as though they are getting away with not truly living for God, but there is coming a day of judgement upon them.

Every believer must be willing to live by God’s standards and do His will rather than oppose Him.

You must be willing to check yourself to determine if you are opposing God or not. Do not let the sinful ways of the world control your way of living.

Allow God to be God and in complete control of your life. Trust His ways and live according to them, rather than opposing and fighting against God. Be holy as He is holy.

God will give you strength to live for Him and He will exalt you as you lift Him up.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live according to God’s standards; that you will not oppose God in any area of your life; and that you will know the strength that God gives you to live for Him.

1 Samuel 1:28 Given Over To God

“So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshipped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:28

People often desire an item or thing that they really want and will do extensive things to get it. When someone finally gets that thing he has desired his whole life, he usually does not want to give it up to someone else.

It now belongs to him, and his desire is to keep it to himself for his own use, purpose and pleasure, not to be given away.

Elkanah had prayed to God for a son and was blessed with one, whom she named Samuel. Once he was born, she gave Samuel to the Lord for service in the temple all his life.

Giving up something that one has finally received, that has been desired for many years is very difficult. People are greedy and want things to themselves for their own use, not to be given away.

There are many things that people ‘need’ in this life to live, but the greatest thing that one needs is life itself. Seeking this life is often searched for in temporary things and pleasures that the world offers. Often those things are through sin.

Although living in sin appears to be life and enjoyable, it is not. Sin only brings about disappointment and eventually death.

At the moment a person chooses to repent and believe in Jesus, his sins are removed, and he is given life. This life that is given is not just for his pleasure, but to be given back to God for His use.

Every believer is to give the life he has been given completely over to God to serve God in this world.

Everything that God has given you has been given to you for you to use to build you up in Jesus and do His work on this earth. Nothing is given to you by God for your own personal selfish use, but to build His kingdom.

God is more than willing to show you how to serve Him with your life. He can open doors to reach this world with the salvation message to build his kingdom on this earth.

Take the greatest thing God has given you, your life, and give it back to Him. Serve and worship God with all of your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the life God is giving you; that you will serve God with your whole life; and that you will use what God has given you for His glory and purpose; and that you will be completely given over to God for His use.

Ruth 4:14 Not Left Without A Redeemer

The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!” Ruth 4:14

In stores people are always desiring to redeem some of their money. They want the sales or coupons to be such that they are saved from spending as much as possible.

Finding those sales or the needed coupons takes work and are not always available, thus redemption of the money is not there. If one does not have enough money, then the item cannot be purchased.

After Boaz saved Ruth and Naomi from destruction, the women of the area praised God for He had provided a guardian-redeemer for her.

While saving money is something that most people need when purchasing something, there is a price on something else that is greater than any person can ever pay. Life has greater value than anything that one may purchase or desire to purchase, and it cannot be bought with money.

Even though a person has some life when born, it becomes only temporary the moment the person sins against God. Death is the price to be paid for sin. No person can pay the price of death for sin and survive.

The good news, as with Naomi and Ruth, God does not leave people stranded without possibility of redemption. There is a redeemer for those who are willing to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. Jesus is willing to become the guardian-redeemer for every person who desires Him.

God is willing to provide abundantly for all that one may ever need. More than just a temporary provision of food, shelter and clothing, but to give life that will last for eternity. He is to receive praise for not leaving people without a redeemer.

There is a price tag on your head that has the price of death for the sins you have committed against God. No one in this world can redeem your life for you. Only Jesus can provide the needed redemption.

Take a moment to repent of your sins and believe in the saving work of Jesus upon the cross and His resurrection. Allow Jesus to become your guardian-redeemer and live a full life that will extend into all eternity with more than you can ever imagine or desire.

Give God praise for providing you a redeemer for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow Jesus to be your redeemer; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know all that God has made available to you; and that you will give God praise for what He has done for you.