Getting Back To Where You Once Belonged
1 Samuel 7:3 – “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve Him only, and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – You cannot return without turning around. You have to stop going in a direction that is against God in order to return to God. You have to turn around and go back towards God.
My Advice – When you have been out of God’s will and you want to return to Him, make sure you do so wholeheartedly. Do not try to hang onto what got you outside of God’s will in the first place. It just will not work. Rid yourself of it and recommit yourself to God.
Who Will Intercede?
1 Samuel 2:25 – “If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for Him?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Today, of course, we know that the answer to this rhetorical question is Jesus Christ. He is qualified to intercede and is accepted by God.
My Advice – You have a relationship with God because you have a relationship with His Son. Make sure you maintain a good relationship with Jesus, by trying to live your life in a way that would be pleasing to Him. If it is pleasing to Him, it will be pleasing to God.
1 Samuel 2:8b, 9 – “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; upon them He has set the world. He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – A God who is capable of establishing the foundation of the earth, is more than capable of guarding our feet and keeping us from falling.
My Advice – Look to the Lord for stability in life. There is no surer foundation for your life.
Ruth 2:12 – “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We will never be disappointed by God when we look to Him for refuge.
My Advice – There are so many places you can go for answers and comfort. Many will disappoint you or let you down. Go to the one source, God, who will never disappoint you or let you down. You may get answers that you do not like, but you will never get answers that are wrong.
Nagging & Prodding
Judges 16:16, 17 – With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. So he told her everything. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The devil is persistent, so we need to be on guard. He’ll keep at us trying to wear us down. We need to continue to resist him so he will flee from us.
My Advice – Do not give in to persistent temptation. Each time you resist makes the next time easier. Each time you resist you are that much closer to gaining the complete victory over whatever you are being tempted with. Eventually, the devil will give up (on that one). But every time you give in you go back to square one.
Judges 11:36 – “My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This story recounts a foolish vow, with tragic consequences. We may think we would never do such a thing, but we do it all the time. “God if you do this thing for me, I’ll do this for you.” This can be just as foolish.
My Advice – Do not make rash vows to God. If you make a vow to God, make very sure you can keep your end of the bargain. And then, keep it.
Only A Stand-By God?
Judges 11:7 – Jephthah said to them, “Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now, when you are in trouble?’
My Musing – This is the way we sometimes treat God. We have little use (or no time) for Him when things are going good. But, once the trouble starts or we need something we go to Him asking for His help.
My Advice – Keep God close in good times and in bad times. Never be in a position where He would be justified in saying to you “why do you come to me now, when you are in trouble?”