2009-09-21 - Knowing and Doing God's
Third Category ~ Not knowing but Doing Anyway
Other people may not know God's will but try to do it anyway. For an example
of this let's look at a chapter out of David's life recorded in 2 Samuel
2 Samuel 7:1-3,5-6
And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and
the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;
That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I
dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine
heart; for the LORD is with thee.
Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt
thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that
I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have
walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.
David wanted to build a permanent place to worship God. In verses 1-3, he
told Nathan and Nathan thought it was a good idea but neither of them asked
God so finally God spoke. And in verses 5-6 we see that God had someone else
in mind for that job - David's son, Solomon. We must know what he wants us
to do before we do it. That is why we are to "wait upon
the Lord" & "study to show thyself
approved". We are not to hesitate but to learn his will.
Look at the Israelites during Isaiah's life. Read Isaiah 58:1-4 and skip
down to verses 13 and 14.
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as
a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God:
they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?
wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold,
in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with
the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your
voice to be heard on high.
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing
thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of
the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will
cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with
the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken
They went through motions of religion but God paid no attention. They didn't
really know God's will they were playing church like so many of us. Isaiah
condemned them for this. Religious activity is no substitute for an obedient
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted