Psalm 78:40-41 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
Here is a good question to start the day. Be sure and think just a bit before you answer because you know it is a trick question. Here it is. Do you think it is possible for you to control God? The all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere at every moment God. The one who can do anything He desires. Can you control Him? Well, we know we cannot have total control of Him, I mean get real, He is God. However, you can control His actions toward you.
Imagine that. You can have full control of how the Almighty reacts to you. How? Well, the Bible says that if you harbor sin in your life, God will not hear you (Psalm 66:18). In Proverbs 1:23 it says if we will listen to His voice of correction and wisdom, His Spirit will help us in understanding His Words. What do you think God’s View is on the “Get Rich Quick schemes” in life? You did not think He noticed, did you? However, in Proverbs 28:20 God says His blessing are on the people who are faithful or consistent, but the ones who are always trying to make it in the lottery or trying to trick some other person for quick cash deal… well, you read it and figure it out. In each of these passages of scripture and many more God has given us a part in the decisions of what He will do toward us.
The Children of Israel limited the “Holy One of Israel,” God, when they turned their back on Him. What might you be allowing or stopping God from doing for you?
God’s desire is for us to have a rewarding life. Not always happy, fun, or exciting, but rewarding. Taking us through the valleys of life, helps us depend on Him even more. Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus. (Remind you of a tune you have sung? Well, sing it again and believe it. It is true.) When we do our part, God always keeps His promises. Trust him.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Jeremiah 26, 27 / Psalm 78:34-55 / Proverbs 29 / Acts 10
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ecc. 5-6 / Gal. 1
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director