2 Samuel 15:15 Doing What God Chooses

The king’s officials answered him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses.” 2 Samuel 15:15

Servants are expected to do whatever the boss requires them to do. Everyone who works a job is a servant to the boss or manager of that job. Every person answers to someone higher than himself.

While many people will be obedient, there are some that will rebel against the desires of the leader. They will choose to do things their own way rather than following the choice of the leader. Often this is due to the difficulty of following the leader’s ways.

David had chosen to flee the castle and the city out of safety. His officials said that were ready and willing to do whatever he chose.

Every believer is under the leadership of God. They are to be His servants and willing to obey His every leading.

In His infinite and perfect wisdom, God leads His people on a path that is best for them and everyone else. God sees the bigger picture and can make the right choice for each person. This path may sometimes be very difficult and does not always make sense.

Following God will sometimes mean that one must leave behind his friends, family and whatever else is familiar to him. Stepping out into a new location may be difficult but may also save a person from a greater danger in staying.

As a person follows God’s choices, he will see God’s hand of provision and protection upon his life. Doing God’s will always bring about peace, that the world does not understand, fulfillment and an abundant life. This is a choice to deny self and this fallen world in order to obey God and do what He chooses.

As a believer in Jesus, you are a servant of God. You need to make a choice to do whatever Jesus, your King, chooses. Follow God wherever He may lead, whether that means leaving your friends, family or anything else behind.

Do not allow yourself to be like the world and selfish, doing your own thing in your own way. The path of this world and self will only lead to death and destruction, not life that God has for you.

The path God has you take may be difficult, but in the end it will bring about perfect life in heaven for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will do whatever God calls you to do; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; that you will know the abundant life God has for you; and that you will be a servant of God in all that you do.

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.

Ruth 2:11 What Will You Leave Behind?

Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband–how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know.” Ruth 2:11

Stepping out into the unknown is very difficult for many people. It not only requires a step of faith, but also a step away from the familiar and safe and known place.

Sometimes it will require leaving family and friends behind to go to the new place or to a new level. Doing this can be painful and difficult.

Boaz had heard of how Ruth had left her family and land to follow Naomi into a new land after her husband had died.

Every person has various points in their life in which they have to take a step into something unknown or new to them. It begins as a child moving up into new class levels in school and continues through adulthood with new jobs or locations to live.

Any time a person becomes a new believer, he must take a step into something new, something unknown. There is a change of the way of thinking and doing things. In this process one must be willing to leave behind things and people.

The new believer has a new life and is a new creation in Christ Jesus with a new family and a new way of living. It is a new culture that is drastically different from the past. The past is behind, and all things are new.

Taking a step like this requires complete faith in God and His boldness to step away from the past. It is trusting that God knows what is best and has something better in store.

As a believer there are some things that you have had to leave behind. There may be more things or people that God wants you to leave behind because they only distract you from Him and pull you down.

Keep your eyes focused on God and follow Him all the way. Do not allow people or things in your life to pull you away from God and what He has for you.

What God has in store for you is much greater than anything or anyone you must leave behind. Are you holding on to your past? Or are you leaving all behind and moving forward in Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to leave behind; that God will give you strength to leave behind what will harm or distract you; and that you will follow God with all of your heart and life.

Ruth 1:16 No Going Back

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

During extremely difficult times, many people like to return to where they were before the difficult times. No matter how good or bad the past was, people desire to go back to it rather than face major problems in life.

Staying on the path forward through extreme difficulties is hard for most people. Going back is easier.

During extreme famine and many difficulties, Naomi urged her daughter in laws to go back to their homelands and their former gods. Ruth, one of her daughters, stated she would not go back and would stay with her and her God.

Looking at a difficult road ahead can always make it seem easier and better to go back to the place one was. The life of a believer is often filled with difficulties because the world is against the believer and wants to destroy the believer.

Sadly, many believers will see the difficult times and blame God and then go back to the worldly way of living. It appears easier to live a life in sin, rather than go through the temporary trials as a believer. Living the life of the world may give a moment of pleasure, but in the end, it is death and suffering for eternity.

No matter how difficult life is right now, there is hope for the believer. In the end there is eternal life with no more problems, sickness, pain or suffering. Once one has begun the road to follow Jesus, he must not turn back to the world, no matter the challenges, but keep going forward.

As a believer the world is going to be against you and work to destroy your faith in God. Because there is sin in the world, it will not always be easy to walk with God.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived into thinking that the old ways of sin and the world is easier and better. Put all of your focus and trust in God and His ways of living.

All the pain and suffering you may be going through now will appear light and worth it all when you step into heaven with God for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s plan for you; that God will give you strength to walk the path He has you on; and that you will never turn away from God for the rest of your life.

Joshua 3:3 Led By God’s Word And Worship

giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.” Joshua 3:3

Very few people will blaze a new trail into a completely unknown territory. When traveling to a new place, most people will follow someone else’s path or directions.

Depending upon whose directions one is following, will depend upon how well the travel will go and whether one will actually get to the desired destination or not. There are many who will lead a person incorrectly down the wrong path.

Joshua had the people told that when they see the ark of the covenant and the priests carrying it set out, they are to follow it across the river.

There are many different types of map programs that a person can use to be given directions on how to get from one location to another. Some are very detailed and reliable, while others are less detailed and not as reliable.

Every person is on a journey throughout their life. Each person has to choose how he will be led through this journey. The world tries to say that there are many different ways to get to heaven, however God says that there is only one way.

In His infinite wisdom, God has given believers His word in the Bible to guide them on their journey just as the Israelites had the ark of the covenant to lead them. The Bible gives all the needed details as to how to live for God and complete the journey.

As believers are traveling along that path, they are also to worship God, as the Israelites did with being led by the Levites. Worship gives God praise for what He is doing.

Being led by God’s word and worship will open doors for God to open the pathway through the river of life.

In your journey through this life, you will be following a path of some sort that someone has blazed. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in following the path of the world but follow the path God has for you.

Search through His word how you are to live your life. Then as you are traveling give God praise and worship Him for what He has done and is doing. Allow His word and worship to lead you through the river.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God’s word to guide your every action and move; that you will worship God with every step and breath you take; and that you will see the path God has for you to take.