Since July I have been reading the Bible, from the beginning and reading thru like you would any Good book. In the past I have read segments, even whole chapters but, never from beginning to end. At 1st it was a hard read, then I prayed about it being difficult and how God seemed so angry so often and how that is not the God I know. I asked God to reveal himself as I know Him and help me understand why He reacted in what seemed such hostile ways in the Old Testament. I didn’t have to read much further and I began to see the words I was reading from the eyes of a Loving parent whose children were out of control, more than disobedient, and just down right off the hook wild. Taking the gifts and blessings given and Slapping their Father and all His Love and Blessings in the face every time He looked up. As I continued reading God, the Father keep trying again and again to Forgive and try again with His children. Once again He would abundantly bless His children asking ONLY One thing; Be obedient and follow My guidance while ” in this house” (on earth, his Creation given to his children) But, Ohhhh no, repeatedly His children showed their colors of greed, lust, disrespect, and blatantly I might add. More and more I was understanding. Many things were brought to my mind, both as a parent and as having been a disobedient child. Do any of you remember the saying, ” I brought you here and I can take you out too”? I remember it well. How many of us have felt that way when Highly disrespected? Now as I read the life stories of those in His Word Much is being revealed. God’s Love, forgiveness, Mercy, and His continuously asking only One thing, Be Obedient in my house.
Then tonight as I read Samuel 1 Chapter 15 verses 20-25 I saw myself and others in the scenario I was reading. The message really Struck a cord. Then I heard the Spirit say, ” Share these verses and pray they speak to your friends that they might see my Love, the Love of a Father & pray they too desire more than ever ” in this house ” to Be Obedient ” to My Word.
Verse 20: ” But, I have obeyed the Lord ” , Saul insisted. ” I did what he told me to; and I brought King Agag but killed everyone else. And it was only when my troops demanded it that I let them keep the best of the sheep and oxen and loot to sacrifice to the Lord.” Samuel replied, ” Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to Him than in your offering the fat of rams (your stuff ) to Him. For rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshipping idols. And now because you have rejected the word of Jehovah He has rejected you as being King. Saul admitted , ” I have sinned, Yes, I have disobeyed your instructions and the command of the Lord, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. Oh please pardon my sin and go with me to worship the Lord.”
How many times have you let the urges of “the people” override what you know in your heart is right and wrong. How many times instead have you turned your back on the Lord and participated in things you know are an act of disobedience? I confess, I have and like Saul I can say, ” I have sinned”. I can also testify and give thanks for God Loving me sooooo much that He gave His son, my brother Jesus, who takes all my sins and then gently takes my hand to guide me along “The Way” Why do they do this? : Because they Love me so much that they are willing to break it down in The Word and show me the error of my ways. It is times like this I pray & say, ” Thank You for never leaving me even when I have disobeyed. Thank You for your Mercy and LOVE. It is because of your everlasting Love & your Word bringing my spirit into oneness with your Spirit, I am finally with my hard head, getting it ! It is the desire of my heart to live “in this house” as your obedient child, always growing and becoming. Personally, I want nothing more than to hear my Father say, “well done my child”. And you know I do hear Him say these words! Ya know when? It is when I spend time in His Word, when I listen and am obedient to His call when He asks me to do something, like in the sharing of these words I am posting right now. SMILE
May you all have ears to hear and eyes to see. Shalom.