1 Samuel 28:16 Seeking Advice After God’s

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Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?” 1 Samuel 28:16 

People area always looking around to find answers or solutions to their problems in their lives. They want to find a way to change the situation, so they seek advice and direction.

The number of places that people will seek this advice is innumerable. They seek it from books, tv shows, magazines, friends, fortune tellers, zodiac signs, counselors, friends, and much more. All they want is an answer and most do not care where they get that answer from. If one answer does not work, they will try another place.

Saul had chosen not to follow God and His ways to be the king of Israel. God had pulled His Spirit from Saul and left him on his own. At one point there was a large Philistine army up against him. Samuel had already died, so Saul chose to go to a medium to pull up his spirit to ask for guidance in this battle. When Samuel’s spirit was brought up from the dead, Samuel asked why he was consulting him, since God had already given him the answer. Saul had refused to believe that God was pulling the kingdom from him.

Many believers will seek God for an answer, but do not like the answer He gives. It will sometimes mean that they must change or larger problems will occur. Or it may mean they must travel down a rough road. So they will seek the answer somewhere else trying to get favor.

While most believers will not turn to witchcraft and sorcery for answers, they will often turn to others to find an answer after they have heard God’s answer to them. They want to get the answer that will give them special favor.

As a believer, you should seek advice and direction first from God. Then you must accept that advice and direction. God knows what is best for your life and loves you so much so that He will only give you the best advice and direction.

Taking time to seek others, after God has given you direction, will not change what God is doing. It will only pull you out of His will. And the worst place to seek advice is from the world and the dead. Seeking the dead will only bring you death. Seeking Jesus will bring you life.

Consult only God for direction in your life.

I pray today that you will hear God’s directions for your life; that you will trust God’s choices for your life; that God’s peace will be in your life enough to keep you from seeking the world; and that you will always be in the will of God.

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Habakkuk 1:2 Do Not Judge God In Complaining To Him

How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Habakkuk 1:2

Habakkuk starts out his book crying out to God with a complaint. He had been crying out to God about all the violence that was occurring and God did not seem to care. The violence continued. God did not seem to mind his questions or complaints. Looking just a few verses further, God tells him that He is doing something that no one would believe. He was raising up the Babylonians to strike Israel for their sins. God was using the enemy to correct His own people.

As a person is going through life, there will be times when things occur that seem as though God has completely left them and is out of control. It may appear as though the enemy is in complete control and God had left the picture. The person then starts to cry out to God. When God does not always answer immediately, many will then start complaining to God.

As things like this continue to happen, many people begin to judge God as being cruel and unjust. Many walk away from God, condemning Him and refusing to hear what He has to say or realize what He is doing.

As Habakkuk was crying out to God and complaining, He did not judge God as being wrong. He just did not understand why God was doing what He was doing and asked God about it. He knew God’s holiness and could not see why God was using the pagan nation.

God did not condemn him for asking those hard questions, but gave him an answer. God revealed that He was still in control, despite what it looked like.

In your life there will be times when it appears that the enemy is in complete control. You may be wondering what God is doing. It is acceptable to question God in asking Him what He is doing. However, as you do that, do not question His authority to do what He is doing. Trust that God really does know what is best for the situation.

In the end all sin will be destroyed. All those who do not follow Jesus will be destroyed. And all those who follow Jesus will have eternal life. Trust God, that He knows how to make that all happen, in His time.

I pray today that you will accept all of God’s actions in your life; that you will understand the purpose for God’s actions; that you will trust God with all He does; and that you will never condemn God for doing or allowing something to occur.

Ezekiel 2:7 Speak God Words

You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. Ezekiel 2:7

God was getting ready to send Ezekiel to the Israelites. He calls them a very rebellious people who do not want to listen. Ezekiel is told not to be afraid of the people and what they will do. He is to speak the words of God to the people whether or not they will listen.

The people who Ezekiel was being sent to were the Israelites. These were the people who were supposed to know and love God. They were supposed to be the ones whom God had chosen. Yet, God describes them as being a rebellious people who may not listen to what is being said. These are the believers that God is calling rebellious.

Those in the world who have never accepted Jesus into their life are not the ones being described as rebellious. Those people are just being who they are: sinners who have not been saved, who have never given God a chance.

The rebellious people are those who go to church, claim to believe in Jesus and, yet, live in a sinful lifestyle that goes against God’s word. These are people who purposefully choose to live in ways that do not represent Jesus. When they are told what God’s word says about their actions, thoughts or speech, they will come up with every excuse to justify what happened. They attempt to claim freedom in Christ and that they can live whatever way they desire.

God wants you to be a shining light in this world as a witness of who Jesus is and what God desires. Along with telling those in the world who do not know Him, you must also speak His word to those who claim to know Him. If another believer is living in sin, you have the responsibility to point him back to God.

Some of those people will listen and turn to God, while others will stay rebellious and not listen. You cannot change a person, but it is your responsibility to tell them what God has to say.

Do not be afraid of what the people may think, say or do, keep speaking God’s word into their lives. Do it with love and compassion. Listen to what God wants you to say and say it. And do not be one of the people who are rebellious. Lives are in the balance, will you speak God’s word today?

I pray today that you will know what God wants to say; that God will speak through you to others; that God’s love will show through you; and that others will hear the words of God and turn to Him. 

Jeremiah 22:21 Refusal To Listen

I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, ‘I will not listen!’ This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me. Jeremiah 22:21

As the nation of Judah was being overtaken by the Babylonians, God told King Jehoiakim that He had already been warning him. God had warned him of the coming disaster, yet, the king refused to listen. It was pointed out that his not listening was nothing new. He had been doing that since he was a young man.

Parents often warn their children of not doing some action, because it will bring about suffering and pain, or punishment. The purpose of the warnings are to protect the child, not bind them up and take away their freedom. Even though the warnings are done in love, many times a child will refuse to listen and get himself into trouble or be injured.

It is common for adults to look at children and talk about how they are rebellious and refuse to listen, while many are doing the exact same thing. God has set out a way to live life. He did that, not to bind a person up and take away his freedom, but in order that he may live life to the fullest.

When a person chooses to not live according to God’s plan, God will give warnings. Living in sin and against God’s plan, will bring about disaster and punishment. God’s holiness requires that He punish, if nothing is done about it.

Believers are often guilty of this type of living. They go to church and carry a bible, so they feel that there is nothing wrong. They feel secure. Yet, they are living with a sin in their life, refusing to give it up. They refuse to listen to what God is saying through the bible or through the pastor and others. While this is happening, the person often feels as though there is nothing wrong, yet there is.

Take a look at your own life. Ask yourself how well are you really listening to God? When God speaks are you obeying what He is saying? Or are you still going about doing your own thing?

Do not live your life in a way that God would have to say of you, that you have been rebellious since your youth. May God be able to say that you have done well and are faithful.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice; that you will obey God’s voice; that you will know the warnings of God in your life; and that you will live your life for God.

Psalm 95:7-8 If You Can Hear

Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,” Psalm 95:7-8

While the Israelites were wandering around in the wilderness, they started to grumble and complain about Moses and Aaron. They also complained about the food and lack of water. Because of these complaints, they were made to wander in the wilderness for forty years.

The psalmist reminds the readers of that time in the wilderness. The purpose of reminding them, was because if they hear God’s voice, yet, continue to reject it, their hearts will be hardened.

A person who wants to toughen up his hands will continually beat them against something rough. The constant beating will harden the skin more and more until the nerves are hardened to the point of no longer feeling the pain. It is not something that occurs quickly but over time and repetition.

Believers must be willing to listen to God’s voice. It is easy for a person to ignore God’s voice and continue on with life as though nothing was said. The danger in that is there will come a point where the heart will be hardened to the point of no longer being able to hear God’s voice.

God does not like to shout. He likes to talk at a quiet regular level of speaking. The challenge you have as a believer in this world, is that you must be focused on listening to Him. There is a lot of other noise going on at the same time.

God speaks through directly telling you something, through His Word, through others, and through nature. You need to listen for what He is telling you. He will guide you in this life to have you ready for eternity.

If you choose to not listen to His voice when He speaks, you will slowly harden your heart to hearing Him. Do not ignore what God is saying. It is the same as hitting your hand against something rough to toughen your hands, it will toughen your heart, but in the wrong way.

If you continue to ignore God’s voice, you will get to a point where you can no longer hear Him.

Are you listening today?

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice; that you will obey God’s directions; that God will keep your heart soft and alive; and that God will tell you what to do.