2010-11-27 - Right vs. Wrong
1 Samuel 28:9-11 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee?..."
I'm curretly reading 1 Samuel; there's a lot of meat in there. Stuff to think about. Daily life stuff. Sometimes it takes me days to get through passages, because I "chew" on it. This is one of those passages.
A little background ... King Saul has been chasing David, but there are other battles happening. This one involves his enemies of old, the Philistines. He's afraid because Samuel has died, and God has stopped speaking to him. He knows that David is God's choice, but he's still battling to be the one in charge ... so, he seeks out a medium.
God has much to say against mediums, mostly because it shows a lack of faith in God. But, anyway, Saul has rid the land of all mediums, except this one, who he missed, he gets led there, disguises himself and meets with her.
My devotional isn't about him; it's about her ...
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the wrong thing, if you know you're not going to get into trouble? Or how simple it is to not do the right thing, because no one really notices, anyway? I read this, and it made me think about that. What am I willing to do (or not do) for money? That was, after all, this woman's driving force.
Jesus said that we can't serve both God and money. "I have to make a living." Have you ever heard that? Or said it? There is a clear difference between right and wrong, and sometimes it's something that is a wrong-for-me thing because God has other plans.
I was thinking about this the other night, as I was dispatched to the strip club and the man I picked up was lewd and rude and very drunk. Having been fed an eyeful and brainful of nudity, he transferred his images and words to me. Yep, I was going to make money. But I decided, then and there, that I am not going back to that club - period. The next time I was dispatched out there, I passed it on to the next driver. I hate that place, and I think that God was telling me that it was right for me to not pick up men from there.
So, that was an easy choice. Sometimes it isn't that easy. What is going on in your life, that God might be trying to sway you, but you choose money, instead?
God bless you as you think about it.
Father, You are such an amazing good God. You have our eternal best in mind, as You work to bring us into Your image. Help me and the reader to really grasp that the life we live today will affect our forever with You. Help us, Oh God, to put You first, trust in You with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding. Help us in all our ways to acknowledge You...because You said that You would direct our paths.