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."
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.
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
He disobeyed. Now read verses 8-9.
1 Samuel 15:8-9
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
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
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted