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Faltering Between Two Opinions
3/15/2013

“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matt. 6:31-33 (NKJV)

In chapters 17-19 of the book of 1 Kings, we see the people of God choosing to disobey God’s commandments, and to worship false gods.  As a result, God brought upon them a severe drought, lasting 3 years.  Instead of repenting of their sin, and seeking the Lord for His mercy and healing (cf. 2 Chronicles 7:14), they chose to shift their focus on worshipping one specific false god—Baal.  Baal was thought to be a weather god, and they were in desperate need of rain. 

The people were attempting to worship both God and Baal to secure the maximum advantage of both.  It was at this point when the prophet Elijah came and asked the people, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word (1 Kings 18:21).  Elijah was telling them; they needed to make a decision—Yahweh or Baal. 

When we look back in hindsight we usually have a distinct advantage—we can see the mistakes and good decisions of those before us.  And if we are wise, we will glean from all of these decisions and plot our proper course.  But this doesn’t always happen.  There are many today who are making the same mistakes these worshippers of Baal were doing.  It may not be Baal anymore, but it is the god of mammon — money & material possessions.

But Jesus warned His followers to guard themselves against the temptation to do this.  We are not to place our priorities on gaining wealth, or even on obtaining the basic material possessions needed to survive—we are to be doing something much more valuable—seeking God’s kingdom, and His righteousness.  The truth is, by seeking God and by being committed in doing what He has commanded us to do; we will be given our physical necessities as well (Matt. 6:25-34). 

I think this can be hard for us to comprehend or believe in at times, so we can find ourselves worrying needlessly—placing a greater emphasis on our daily bread and financial security, than living for God, and trusting in His provisions.  In essence, we are faltering (hesitating) between two opinions.   Let’s guard ourselves against this temptation. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 6:31-33 what does Jesus tell us about prioritizing our daily needs versus seeking the Kingdom and His righteousness?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you faltering between trying to provide for your daily needs and seeking the kingdom of God and doing His righteousness?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to seek the Lord, His word, and then make it our priority to abide in it, and then trust Him for our needs.  

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your provisions for our lives.  We are sorry for the times we have faltered between serving mammon and You.  Help us to see Your will for our lives today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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