1 Kings 18:21 Then Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him. But if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people did not answer a word.
When you choose God’s way you are choosing His Choice, His method, and His timing. It is a package deal. You simply trust and let go of the other! That has been part of this month’s lesson for me. Who am kidding it’s still ongoing! Each day is a battle between trying to choose my way over His. It is as though He is taking me through different dimensions of trust. God is such a practical teacher. So today let’s examine what is standing in the way of you choosing Him? What/ Who is the ‘Baal’ in your life? Would you remain silent if asked the same question?
You’ve probably heard the song “Standing on the promises of Christ my King…” when you want things from God, there’s a tendency to rely on the various promises stated throughout His Word… however I am quickly learning that they not only test ones trust in God but also one’s acknowledgement of His Sovereignty especially when one is going through difficult phases of life and the load of impatience is upon you.
God’s sovereignty has nothing to do with us … He is LORD whether or not you do his will. So it is safe to say you need him, He doesn’t need you to make Him great but it is for your own benefit that you understand who exactly He is or to say the least acknowledge his greatness. Could it be that King David wrote Psalm 8 for this very reason?
But then when our faith is severely tested, the true nature of why we love or follow God comes out. It begs the question “Do you really love Him for him and rightly honor Him? Or Do you love Him for just what He can give you and if you don’t get what you want when you want it or the way you expect it you shift your loyalties?” believe each one of us can relate to this. It is our desire to be truly loved for who we are. Period. The first Commandment is clear ‘To love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with your soul, and with your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:29-34)
I had been praying hard about a ‘roller coaster’ situation in my life that continually tested my faith in God’s timing. As I prayed different answers kept coming at me each time I read the bible. I even tried I little bible roulette… but one statement stayed on my mind… “God’s appointed time…” (Habakkuk 2:2-3). It’s been two weeks now and each time my thoughts bombard me with feelings of impatience it would echo through my mind. “GOD’S APPOINTED TIME.” It is hard to receive that when your impatient, right? More so, it is tempting to ‘help’ God along or compromise. Even your friend’s, who love you dearly can distract you with their ‘awesome advice.’ I promise you it doesn’t work. Been there done that!
When you go your way, there’s an opportunity cost… instant gratification… and not the ever flowing river of life God’s promises come with. The kind where you’ll never thirst. Jesus refers to this as he spoke to the Samaritan Woman at the well. God does not make half-baked promises as we’re pron to do, “He came that we may have life and life in full.” Let’s look at a few characters/scenarios from the bible.
Take King Saul for example, the Israelites had specific rituals before they went for war and on this specific occasion they were terrified by the might of the Philistine army. Samuel, the prophet at the time had not yet arrived to offer the sacrifice to the Lord on their behalf. In fear and pressured by the Israelites, King Saul decides to offer the sacrifice there by bringing the Lord’s anger upon Him. Hardly had He finished than Samuel himself arrived only to pronounce the Lord’s judgement upon him to take the throne from him and give it to another (King David). (1Samuel 13:1-15) . King Saul doubted God’s process/timing and allowed himself to be persuaded by others by trying to ‘help’ along the situation. If this is surely the case whenever we doubt God… just imagine the blessings we have lost!!!! Saddening isn’t it?
On the other hand, we see Zechariah and Elizabeth, faithful servants of the Lord till their old age… waiting patiently to have a child… and then Boom! John the Baptist happens to them… A miracle! I think maybe… that God wants to use his people for the choicest miracles!!!! (Luke 1:5-25). The ones no one ever expected were possible. It seems to me that He always has a Bigger plan than the one you were settling for when you doubted. Think about Abram and Sarah and Hagar mix up that resulted into Ishmael… it did bring disharmony into a once peaceful home! (Genesis 16 and 20:8-21)
Praise be to the Lord that He is patient in His anger… merciful and reach in grace… He forgave and even blessed them after they sinned! Even King Saul he did not abandon, He still provided the help they needed at that moment. The right moment. You must not forget that they still bore the repercussions of their doubt. Abram was separated from his son; Ishmael whose descendants fought the Israelites… and as earlier mentioned King Saul lost His throne to King David.
Let us repent and never take for His grace for granted! We need to intentionally put in the work!!! We are unable to trust in God because we do not know him… we do not fellowship with him and so His ways are unfamiliar to us… his voice is unfamiliar to us… we do not even know how to recognize His authority. Our relationship with God mustn’t be one sided with Him knowing all about you, minding you, loving you to the point of sacrificing His only to save you… You must reciprocate… with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and with all your strength, everyday… so that our Lord Jesus Christ can also say of us “You are not far from the Kingdom of God…………….” (Repeat and Insert your name in the blank space).
I celebrate the fact that everyone’s relationship with God unique and that’s why it is called ‘a personal relationship with God.’ Getting into one has surely been the best decision of my life! Watching Him at work in me and being an active participant in Him refining me is the second best! ☺ . It is my prayer every day that we will never give up on choosing and putting Him First!
God is in charge of our seasons, our comings and our goings… and when you are among his inheritance, his workmanship… He works to make all He has promised happen according to what He prepared… His way… not what you thought was His way (Ephesians 2: 10).