Psalms 81:11-14 – “But My people would not listen to Me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If My people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow My ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sometimes we can be so stubborn, that the only way for God to get our attention is to let us have our way and reap the consequences. But even then, He is close at hand, ready to deliver us when we call out to Him.
My Advice – Do not be so stubborn that God has to let you have your way. Better to be submissive to Him at the outset. The end result is the same, He ultimately will deliver you, but the path is much shorter and less bumpy when you go His way. You gain nothing by being stubborn, but you gain everything by being submissive.
Esther 4:16 – “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – As harsh as it may sound, this should be our attitude when responding to God’s call. If it costs us everything we must still be willing to answer the call. This is not being fatalistic. It is being faithful to the One who sent His Son to die for our sins. We can never pay back that debt, but we can make down payments.
My Advice – Be devoted to God and obedient to His call. The cost will usually not be this high. He is more interested in the willingness than He is in the execution.
Esther 4:15 – “And who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We must be ready to act when God puts us into a position to make a difference. He is showing His faith in us, we must respond by showing our faithfulness to Him.
My Advice – When you find yourself in a situation that is either almost too good to be true, or that is almost too hard to believe it is happening, ask yourself if perhaps God has brought you to that particular situation for a specific purpose. Coincidences usually do not just happen to God’s chosen ones. They occur by design for a reason. Be involved in the reason.
Esther 4:14 – “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God will accomplish His purposes with or without us. We should consider it a privilege when He chooses to include us in His plans, and fearful when we choose to ignore them.
My Advice – Rise to the challenge and respond when God calls you to action. Do not fear or dread the task, but be thankful that God is using you in His good purposes
2 Chronicles 22:7 – “Stay close to the king.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Good advice. Whatever we do, wherever we go, we need to stay close to the King of kings and Lord of lords. If we see a gap opening up, we can be sure we are either not keeping in step with Him or we’ve moved away from Him.
My Advice – Maintain a close relationship with God. Avoid things that might harm the relationship or erode the intimacy. Stay in His Word, stay on your knees (prayer) and stay connected to His people (the church). These will help you maintain, and grow in, the relationship.
I’ve Got A Secret. Really?
2 Kings 17:9 – The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – There is no need to hide things from God if what we are doing is right. If we feel we need to hide things from Him (and we know we cannot), it is very likely that they are not right.
My Advice – A good way to discern right from wrong is to consider how God might view things. Do not do anything that would make you feel ashamed if God knew about it. You know that He knows about it anyway.
1 Kings 19:13, 15 – Then a voice said to Him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Lord said to Him, “Go back the way you came.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We often find ourselves where we should not be. Sometimes we fall suddenly and others we wander away gradually over time. But God pursues us and asks through the conviction of the Holy Spirit “What are you doing here? Go back the way you came.” We would do well to heed Him.
My Advice – Ask yourself on a regular basis, where am I at, how did I get here and what am I doing here? If you don’t like the answer, ask God to show you how to get back the way you came. He will gladly help you.