August 9

1 Chronicles 11-14, Psalm 66

Augustine said, "In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity." We live in a Biblically illiterate society where God is not revered and where people are polled to decide on what is right and wrong. People trust more on feelings and human ingenuity rather than on God's Word and counsel. People believe that if they simply follow their heart it will lead to the right plan of action, despite Jeremiah saying, "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?"

We read in 1 Chronicles 13:1,4, "Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader....Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people." David had a heart for God and desired to do the right thing by bringing the ark of God to Jerusalem. The problem was he was attempting to do God's will, his way. By seeking the counsel of his leaders and the people rather than God's Word and the Levites his attempt turned disastrous. We read in 1 Chr 13:10, "Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died before God." After this costly lesson, David learned to do God's will, God's way. We read in 1 Chr 14:10, 14, in reference to whether he should engage in battle with the Philistines, "And David inquired of God, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?"...v.14, "Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him...".

We see a similar occurrence with Joshua who under God's counsel destroyed the mighty city of Jericho. Immediately after, under his own counsel, he sized up little Ai as easy for his troops and was soundly defeated because he tried to exert God's will, his way. God needs to be our God in all circumstances. He is the God of both big and small decisions.  If we seek his counsel through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, in prayer meditating on God's Word and through advice of others with a heart for God we will be seeking God's will, God's way. Rationalization is dangerous. Doing things outside of His will justifying it by thinking God will understand is a bad game to play. As we continue through the entirety of God's Word may we find clear direction and peace in all situations.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster