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Rejecting God

Rejecting God

 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)

In the Book of 1 Samuel we can see one of the greatest tragedies as the nation of Israel becomes conformed to this world and makes its transition from being a theocracy—a government and people led by God—to being a monarchy—a government and people led by man.  In essence Israel had rejected God's plan for their lives and insisted on having their own king to lead them just like other nations.

Samuel—Israel's most effective judge—was displeased by the peoples' request but God tells him, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them" (1 Sam. 8:7).  Israel had insisted on doing things their own way and so God gave them a king to lead them—one after their own heart.  Saul was anointed as king and he successfully led Israel into many battles, but as he progressed in his power he consistently began to disobey God and do things his own way.

Q:    What can we learn and apply from this story to our lives as Christian men and women?  

Israel knew of God and believed in Him, and yet they refused to give the control of their lives to Him.  They wanted to go in their own direction rather than follow God's ways.  As Christians we can find ourselves doing the same thing.  We can say we believe in God and yet choose not to follow Him or abide in His ways—this is rejecting God.  

Another way to reject God is when we ask Him to control our lives but we refuse to give up our personal goals to Him.  We can often find ourselves asking Him to bless our plans and where we want to go rather than asking His will or where He wants us to be.  

Q:    How can we correct this independent tendency within our lives?
  • We must simply turn over the reigns (control) and destination of our lives to the One who is really in control.  
  • We must choose to do what we already know is right and required of us by God.
  • We must look to His Word each day for further instruction and direction to guide our path and choices.
God has a perfect plan for every one of our lives.  To reject God's plans is to reject God.  It is up to us whether we accept or reject what He has for our life.  

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to seek the Lord and to lay our lives at His feet.  Let's choose to give Him full control and to lay down every desire before Him.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 55:9 what can we learn about God's ways versus ours?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to give God total control of your life and allow Him to lead you?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to surrender our will and life fully unto the Lord today.  Let's let Jesus be the Lord of our life.

Let's pray…

Father, thank You for Your guidance and leading of our lives.  We choose to lay our lives before You this day and allow You to be Lord.  Show us today what Your will is for each of us.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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