1 Kings 12:24 Obey God And Avoid Vengeance

This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing. So they obeyed the word of the Lord and went home again, as the Lord had ordered. 1 Kings 12:24

No one likes anyone to do anything wrong to them and will fight back very quickly. When something is done wrong, people are very quick to fight back to make things right and get vengeance. All that is seen is the wrong that had been done. Seldom is the greater picture seen.

God had begun to split the nation of Israel. Some of them were willing to go and fight against other Israelites. God told them that this was his doing and for them to go back home and not fight. They obeyed God and went home.

Being wronged by someone can be very painful and draw out anger against them. People will often desire to strike back and get vengeance for the wrong that was done. In the process of seeking vengeance, many will also do something wrong that gets them into more trouble.

Instead of seeking vengeance, believers must be willing to seek God’s direction in what to do. It is God who is truly in control and knows what the next best move is. He is ready to guide a person on the correct path. He sometimes using pain and suffering to bring about His good, such as when Jesus died upon the cross rather than get vengeance.

Taking the path God leads and obeying Him may sometimes seem painful and unfair, but it leads to greater rewards in the end. Kindness and forgiveness may lead others to repentance rather than war, destruction and ultimately death.

There will be times when others will do wrong to you, and you will desire to get vengeance. Before you strike back seek God’s direction by His Holy Spirit. Be willing to obey God and do what His word commands.

Do not allow yourself to be so angry that you take the path that the world will urge you to take leading only to temporary satisfaction, sin and death. God will use all things to bring about His will in your life to give you life that will last for eternity, not death.

How willing are you to obey God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction in your life; that you will obey God over the ways of the world; that God will strengthen you to turn from vengeance for wrongs done; and that God will reveal the bigger picture in your life.

1 Samuel 17:10-11 Intimidated By The Enemy

Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:10-11

Enemies can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Very often there is an enemy that is a bully and does his best to intimidate others in any way that he can. Sometimes this is just someone abusing their authority, while other times it is just being abusive in any way possible. Facing someone like this will often cause a lot of fear for most people.

Goliath openly stated that he defied the armies of Israel and challenged them to a fight. King Saul and all the Israelites were terrified of him.

Seeing or hearing someone who is being a bully can be intimidating for most people. Very few people have the nerve or braveness to stand up against an enemy that appears to be larger and stronger.

The enemy is not always larger and stronger in the physical sense, but can appear to be stronger in knowledge or communication or some other area in life.

Many believers will often be like Saul and the Israelites and back down and cower in fear, being intimidated by the enemy. The world will act like a bully and try to intimidate believers and cause them to fear. Often this is done with words, but at times physically.

No believer is to be afraid since they have God in their lives. God is perfect love and perfect love casts out all fear. He is also greater than anything the world can throw at the believer.

Every believer is to take a stand on God’s word against the enemy. God will give victory as He did with David against Goliath.

There may be some people in your life that strive to intimidate you and get you to doubt God’s word for you. Do not allow their size, position, knowledge, power or anything else to intimidate you.

Know that God is greater than any other person or thing on this earth. Allow God’s perfect love to cast out all the fear of the enemy. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you the boldness and strength to confront and defeat the enemy of your soul.

In the end you will receive eternal life, if you do not back down from the enemy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the strength and power God has for you; that God will give you boldness to stand up against the enemy; and that you will see God defeat your enemies in His way and time.

1 Samuel 14:36 Ask God First

Saul said, “Let us go down and pursue the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn and let us not leave one of them alive.” “Do whatever seems best to you,” they replied. But the priest said, “Let us inquire of God here.” 1 Samuel 14:36

Everyday people must make various choices on what to do or not to do. Most often people look at their past experiences and knowledge or those of other people to determine what they should do. Going off of what they know, most will make a quick decision on their own.

The Saul had made a decision to plunder the Philistines. His army was willing to follow him. However, the priest said that they should ask God first.

It is easy for people to believe that they know what is always the best choice to make. All that seen is the here and now in the moment and what appears to be the easiest or most profitable path to take.

While it may appear to be the best path, that is not always the case. People can only see the immediate and guess at the future results of a choice.

Believers will often be just like Saul and the world and make their own choice based completely off of their own knowledge.

Instead of being like the world, believers should first seek God’s direction and wisdom. God is more than willing to give His wisdom in any and every situation, if one is willing to seek it and adhere to it.

Unlike mankind, God sees the bigger picture and the results of every decision that could possibly be made in any situation. His decision will be made off of what is best for the individual, others and His eternal kingdom, so the believer should ask Him first for directions.

Throughout your life you will be faced with many decisions that need to be made. Be careful to not jump to some hasty decision based upon the ways of the world.

Stop and take whatever time is necessary to seek God’s choice of what choice needs to be made. Think about what God’s word may say about the decision and make a choice based off of His word. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in the right choice first.

Doing this will allow you to walk the path God has for you and have His favor upon your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God first in every decision to be made; that you will follow God’s directions for your life; and that you will see God’s wisdom in all that He guides you to do.

1 Samuel 8:22 Getting What You Really Don’t Want

The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.” 1 Samuel 8:22

There is always something that a person desires that he does not have. Often people will strive and fight for what they don’t have, thinking that it will be best for them to acquire.

Seldom will a person take into consideration the problems that will arise because they have that item. Sometimes having the item causes greater problems than not having it. The cost of having it is too high.

The people had requested that Samuel give them a king like the other nations around them. God told him to give them a king as they had requested.

Parents are sometimes good at not giving into giving a child his every desire, knowing that some things are not good for him. Yet, adults will be just like the child wanting things that are not necessarily good for them.

Believers will beg God and fight to get something that God does not want them to have. These things may not be sinful or even bad but are not what is best for them.

Many young people desire a luxury sports car, but do not take into consideration the cost of owning one, the monthly payments, the insurance, the taxes on it and the high cost of maintenance. Once they get what they want, they suddenly drown in problems with it.

God wants to only give what is best, but sometimes will give the desires that will cause problems in the end.

Instead of demanding something from God, believers must trust God’s choice of what to give or not give. He sees the bigger picture and the problems with getting that item, just as He knew the problems of having Israel get a king.

There may be some things that you are wanting to have that God is saying no to. Trust God’s wisdom in what you need and do not need and let go of those desires that may not be good for you in the end.

You do not want the problems that will come with getting everything you want that are not good for you. There will be greater contentment and blessing in having what God has for you, rather than getting only what you want.

What are you asking God for?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to have; that you will seek what God wants to give you; that you will be content with what God gives you; and that you will not fight God for what is not best for you.

1 Samuel 7:4 Get Rid Of The Baals

So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only. 1 Samuel 7:4

Most people in the world look at certain things or principles as what made them successful or gave them a good life. In the process of doing this, these things are often idolized and looked up to as being great and powerful.

Often people will then give their everything to these things, giving complete control over to these things to the point of worship. As this is done, they will rarely be willing to give it up for anything else.

As the Israelites were being captured by the Philistines, Samuel told the people what they must do. All the people chose to get rid of their Baals and Ashtoreths and serve God alone.

Although most people do not have physical idols that they physically bow down to and worship, they do have many idols in their life. People have things that they are willing to give all of their thoughts, time, money and energy to get, have and keep. Whole lives are dedicated to having these things, which then become an idol.

Believers can sometimes allow some of these idols in their lives to take the place of God. Instead of fully trusting God in every situation, believers will take on the world’s idols and trust those idols, pushing God to the side.

True believers will recognize this as idol worship and remove it from their lives, regardless of the cost. God is the only one that should be served. Everything that a believer does should be done out of honor and desire to serve, worship and honor God.

As the believer serves God alone, God will deliver him from the hands of the enemy.

The world is out to get you to turn away from God and serve their false gods. These false gods of the world will look good and enticing, but will only bring about captivity and death. Choose to serve God alone in every area of your life.

Seek God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to you any false gods that you have allowed in your life and remove them. Cast out anything and everything that takes your attention away from God. He, alone, is to be served and worshipped.

Put God on the throne of your life, allowing Him to be complete Master over your entire life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God alone; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to cast out any false gods in your life; and that you will trust God with your whole life.