1 Samuel 8:5 Wanting What The World Has

Railroad path

They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 1 Samuel 8:5 

One thing common among most people is that they want what someone else has. If no one else really has an object, very few people will want that object. The thing will be questioned as to whether it is really good or not, worth it or not.

If no one has, no wants it because there ‘must’ be something wrong with it. If every one has it, then it must be worth it or it must be a needed thing to have.

Businesses play off of this mindset of people. They make advertisements that show that everyone has the product and that everyone else needs it to really live life to the fullest.

As Samuel was getting older, the people of Israel asked him for a king. They wanted to have a leader, just like all the other nations around them, to lead and guide them in how to live life and be a great nation.

Although the idea of changing leadership is not common for people or nations, there are other things that people want just because those around them have it. Groups of people are stating that others need to follow the examples of other nations or groups in allowing certain things to happen. Many of these things are against God.

Churches and believers are being pressured to be loving and kind in allowing people to live in open sin and yet still be a believer. This goes against God’s standards. Believers are called to be separate and holy, not like the world around them.

Following God will be different than what they world follows. This is for the individual, groups or even nations.

You must ask yourself why do you want some thing or to do some thing. Is it just because everyone else is doing it or has it? Or is it because God wants you to have it or do it?

Your life should be focused on serving and pleasing God and not be trying to fit in with the world. You are different, set apart to be holy unto God.

What you have is greater than anything the world can offer. What the world offers is death. God gives life and abundant life for all eternity.

What do you really want?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will find all your desires in God; that you will desire to serve and love God with your whole life; and that you will follow all the ways of God. 

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Hebrews 8:10 Law On The Heart, Not Paper

 

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This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

Laws are something that people cannot really live without. Every nation has many laws put in place to govern the people. While many people will follow most of the laws without any problem, there are some laws that many people hate to follow.

It is the same in a household. Parents put into place many different types of laws (rules) for children to follow. Some children will follow the rules, while some will fight against obeying those rules.

During the time of Moses, God put out some laws for the people to follow. As one reads through the history of Israel, the people had a difficult time following those rules. They knew about the laws, but chose not to follow them.

The main reason people do not follow the laws and rules are because the laws are not really upon their hearts. The law is only in their mind. It is only a set of regulations and may go against their own personal desires.

Long before Jesus came, Jeremiah prophesied that God would place His Law upon the hearts and minds of His people. His Law would become a part of the person’s heart’s desire. It will no longer be a requirement to follow, but a desire to follow. It is as though the person wrote the law himself and so desires to obey that law.

Even in human laws, when a person loves the law or rule, he is ready and willing to obey it with no complaint. He wants to obey because he loves it.

You may have struggles trying to follow some commands God has put in place, such as to love your enemy. Allow God’s commands and laws to penetrate your heart. Learn to love God’s commands to know God has them only for your well-being. The law is not there to hold you down or harm you, but to build you up.

As you learn to love the law, you will be able to follow it with no complaints or struggles. It becomes a desire to obey and please God, not just a command or demand.

Follow God’s laws out of love, not force.

I pray today that you will know the commands of God; that you will have God’s commands on your heart; that you will love to obey God; and that you will see God is set to help you be your best for Him and others. 

Isaiah 65:2 God Is Holding Out His Hands

All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations–Isaiah 65:2

All throughout the Old Testament the nation of Israel would walk away from God and choose their own paths. They would pursue a path that, to them, appeared to be the best path. That path would be one without God in it. As they were doing this God would continually hold out His hands wanting to take them back. His great desire was to restore their relationship with Him.

Although several thousand years have passed, the pattern is still occurring worldwide. People every where are pursuing their own dreams and imaginations. Many feel if they can just get the right job position, or the right house, or hit a certain level of being famous, or live in the right area, or marry the right person, or some other thing, then everything will be perfect. Life will be the best if these things are met.

All of these things are just like taking a drug. They will make a person happy for a moment, but will quickly wear off. One will need to get more and more, higher doses to keep the happiness desired. Often a lot of these things that they pursue are not good for them, and are not what God wants for them.

As they are walking down these paths, searching for joy and contentment, God is reaching out His arms to them. He has the perfect plan for each one. He has a path for them, that will bring perfect contentment, joy and peace.

Many people look at what God has to offer and reject His arms reaching out to them. They see it as hard and difficult, with no real joy. God’s joy and peace is not always for the immediate, it is usually for the long run. His ways are the best ways in the end and are not just temporary fixes.

Each day, as you walk through this life, know that God is reaching His arms out to you, to hold you and guide you through this life. He wants the absolute best for you.

Are you willing to jump into His arms and trust Him?

Or will you continue, like most of the world, to follow your own imaginations?

I pray today that you will see God reaching out to you; that you will trust God’s arms of guidance; that God will strengthen you to turn from sinful imaginations and pursuits; and that you will walk in the ways of God.

Isaiah 26:9 Who Do You Desire?

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9

When a man and woman are in love with each other, they want to spend all their time together. Their thoughts are continually on each other. If they are still in high school, they are often sending each other notes, texting, and talking on the phone at all hours of the day and night. Often they memorize each others words or notes.

The level of their desire for each other is often seen as silly by other people, because they do crazy things while thinking about each other.

Once a couple get married, however, the thoughts often start to drop over time. For the first year or so, their thoughts are constantly about each other in love. Later, all too often, one or both begin to look to others and desire someone else. Too often many marriages end up in divorce because of the desire for someone else.

Isaiah is talking about a desire for God. The spirit of a believer longs for God day and night. He wants to be in God’s presence at all times.

When a person has accepted the forgiveness of Jesus, he knows the peace that God brings him. He understands that God is no longer judging him for those sins. There is true love between the person and God.

In the process of yearning for God, there are many who begin to look to others, desiring the love of others, rather than that of God. They turn to things and ways of this world.

When you are laying on your bed at night, waiting for sleep to overtake you, who or what are you thinking about? What are the great dreams of this life do you have?

It is easy to think about the things of this world and get caught up in them. But the things of this world are temporary and never really fulfilling. They cannot bring you life.

Only God can give you true peace, contentment and life in this world. Make Him your hearts desire. Think about Him day and night. Meditate on His words and study them.

I pray today that God will be the center of your life; that you will desire no one or anything else but God; that your thoughts will always be upon God and His word; and that you will not turn from God to the things of this world.