Monday 29 April 2024

A God Who Answers | Part Thirteen.


We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel, as we continue to dig deeper into verse 13 of Chapter 10. It reads,

"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia."
Jacob lived a life of contentions. That which God had determined to give freely to him, he was attempting to get in his own power. God said, “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” [Genesis 25:23]

With such a promise, do you suppose Jacob and his mother needed to scheme for Isaac's blessing? Did Jeroboam need to scheme to keep the ten (10), out of the Twelve (12) tribes of Israel, God gave him? Was keeping it not included in the package? Did God need help? [1 Kings 12]

In 1 Samuel 13, we Saul sealing his own fate. Yes, he had earlier committed a grave sin of listening to the people rather than God, in not carrying out the killings God ordained. That, however, was not necessarily the sealing of his fate. 

In 1 Samuel 13, Saul was waiting for Samuel to come to perform the customary sacrifice prior to his leading the people to war, but Samuel delayed. Have you been there? When it seems like God is delaying. According to your calculations, things should have gone this and that far along, but.

What do you do at such a time? What do you do when what God asked you to do seems not to be growing? What do you do when you are under threat? Well, Jacob and Rebekah felt they needed to help God. They felt they could help God's course by cheating their brother and son, respectively.

Rehoboam thought he could guarantee that which God had given to him by taking the hearts of the people away from the same God. It was too much for him to trust God to do it. He did not feel safe in the hands which sustain the universe. Are you better?

Saul felt the sacrifice was magical. He did not understand it was undergirded by obedience and reverence. He worshipped the sacrifice rather than the God of the sacrifice. So, he was rejected by the God of the sacrifice. Notice, Samuel arrived immediately, and Saul was done.

Wait for God. Trust totally and wholly in Him. He is our salvation.

The Saint.

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