RISE AND SHINE CHRISTIAN SERVICES
July 14, 2009
I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
God's Way, Or Yours
He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. - Psalm 106:15
When you insist on wanting something that God in His wisdom is withholding, sometimes He steps back and says, 'Okay, have it your way.' After God brought His people through the Red Sea and delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, we read, 'They believed His words; they sang His praise' Psalm 106:12. That sounds good. But notice what happened next, for it happens to us: 'They soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul' (vs.13-15). Wanting our own way can lead to spiritual emptiness.
When God called Moses to deliver His people from Egypt, Moses decided to do it his own way. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave, but instead of consulting God he took matters into his own hands. The Bible says, 'He looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand' Exodus 2:12. Obviously Moses was more concerned with the opinions of people than how God felt about it. So God had to teach Moses that his orders came from Him. After Moses dug a hole and tried to hide the work of his flesh, God allowed it to be exposed. He showed Moses that by doing things his own way he couldn't keep a single soldier buried in the sand. Whereas, by doing things God's way, a whole army could be buried in the depths of the Red Sea. So today, make up your mind to do it God's way.
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