[CF Devotionals] 2009-08-14 - Knowing and Doing God's Will

Second Category ~ Knowing and Half-Doing

The people in this category know what to do but they only halfway do it.

One way in which they only half do it is by delaying. Sadly, the favorite book of the Bible for many Christians is the Book of Hesitations. You know the one where it says, "Sit, wait, rest then sit some more."

Luke 9:59-62

  1. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
  2. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
  3. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
  4. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Here we see men told by God in the flesh, "Come on let's go". One says to Jesus "Not yet I have to bury my dad first". The other says "OK but let me go say bye to everyone first." (I have heard that a Jewish burial ritual with the anointing with perfume and all could take as much as a year?) Jesus says, "Looking back is no way to plow a straight line." How many times have the parents among us asked kids to clean their room? "In a minute, mom... let me watch the rest of this show." Does that please you? Do you think it pleases God? Some things can wait - the harvest of souls isn't one of them. Delayed obedience is short-term disobedience.

Other people in this category may try to alter the will of God like we see with Moses in Numbers.

Numbers 20:7-8,11

  1. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
  2. Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
  1. And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

In verses 7 and 8, God told him what to do - speak to the rock. Then look at verse 11. When he saw the people he got mad and struck the rock. Because of this he did not get to enter the Promised Land. This little act of partial disobedience kept him from receiving God's promise.

Questioning God's will is another way some people only halfway do His will. There's a list called "The Redneck Dictionary of Medical Terms". On it are items like Artery: the study of paintings, Vein: conceited, Varicose: nearby, Dilate: to live long, Bacteria: back door of a cafeteria, and Node: was aware of. I like it and think it's rather funny but too often that list is like us; sometimes we use our own made-up definitions rather than God's. Saul was commanded to execute the wrath of God on the Amalekites. Look at 1 Samuel 15:2-3.

1 Samuel 15:2-3

  1. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
  2. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

He disobeyed. Now read verses 8-9.

1 Samuel 15:8-9

  1. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
  2. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

He didn't do as he was told and if you keep reading you'll see Samuel, God's spokesperson, came to him and asked, "If you did as God told why do I hear those cows mooing?" Saul said, "Well I thought it would be good to sacrifice them at the temple?" Now read verse 22.

1 Samuel 15:22-23

  1. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
  2. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

To obey is better than sacrifice. Continuing with verse 23 we see because of this God removed him from the throne of Israel. If God says, "jump"; you ask, "how high?" Don't try to pole vault. God wants us to listen and obey. We are not supposed to question; just do. The end of a Frank Sinatra song says "...I did it my way" Ordinarily, having that kind of self determination and individuality is good but when it comes to the tasks God gives it's His way everyday all the way.

Obedience doesn't procrastinate, alter, or question

IHFHBOH
Adam

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