Tag Archives: obedience

2 Thessalonians 1:6 – God will repay with tribulation those who trouble us

God has the prerogative to deal with those who trouble us. This verse tells us that He may bring tribulation to repay them for the trouble they give to us.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom 8:31. The God who made the heavens & the earth can mobilise every resource He owns to punish those who make trouble for us. This is comfort for those who are persecuted and bullied.

However, there are some important questions we need to first ask ourselves:

1) Is God pleased with me? Do I have unconfessed or secret sins that I am hiding?Am I His child, reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ?

2) Is He pleased with my actions & responses in the situation where my opponents “troubled me”?

3) What kind of response would God be pleased with?

To answer question 1, check out these articles:

Gospel of Grace, Naaman comes to faith in God

God does not tolerate secret sins

To answer questions 2 &3, consider what

1 Pet 2:19-21 has to say:

“For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:”

In other words, if we seek God’s glory & obey Him in every situation, and we do not attempt to “justify” ourselves but totally leave it to Him for “vengeance” – we can be assured that God sees and in His good timing (which can be a long time in our measure), He will vindicate us and deal with our enemies according to His justice.

It takes great faith for us to remain silent when the natural reaction is to defend ourselves when we are “targetted” by our opponents. In fact, the world considers those who remain silent as being “weak”. But while the argument & fight goes on, there is a God sitting on the throne in heaven, seeing and watching all these. Only those with eyes of faith will be able to see & appreciate this, just like Stephen in Acts 7.

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 . May God help us.

1 Kings 1:9-10 – Are you doing what you are not meant to do?

1 Kings 1:9-10

9. And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.

 10. But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon his brother. (NKJV)

The offering of burnt offering is to be done only by priests. Priests represented men before God; prophets are God’s mouthpiece to men. These are annointed offices that should not be trifled with. When Saul offered sacrifices & did not wait for the prophet Samuel to arrive (in 1 Sam), he was sternly rebuked by the prophet Samuel. Adonijah’s action was here was deliberate & calculated. It was his way of “proving himself”, his “worth” and his deserving of the throne. He invited those whom he knew would support him to join the ceremony. But he did not invite those who will probably warn him that this was not an appropriate thing to do.

Are we pursuing & doing what pleases God? Or are we pursuing something we are ashamed to let our spiritual leaders know about. Are we pursuing something that is beyond our means, our gifts & our talents? Are we pursuing them just to feel good about ourselves & boost our own esteem? Remember that God does not accept us based on our achievements. He receives us simply on the merit of His Son Jesus Christ. The more we depend on Him for our needs, the more we acknowledge His good hand upon in our achievements, the more delighted He will be with us.

Questions for meditation:

1) Am I doing something that I do not want my spiritual friends to know? If so, why am I afraid that they know about it? Would God be pleased with what I am doing?

What you can pray for:

1) May God grant us people & friends who can provide us with good counsel when making decisions in life

2) May God grant us Godly objectivity and discernment when conferring with people around us so that our minds are appropriately shaped to be aligned to the image of His Son Jesus Christ.

Job 1:1 – “…that man was blameless and upright…”

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. – Job 1:1

Job was known to be blameless & upright, one who feared God & shunned evil. He was not a “full-time” priest. He had his own business – consisting of flock, real estate & other possessions. And he conducted himself as one who feared God and shunned evil. What a testimony for our emulation!

Job 1:8 – God is “proud” of His servant Job

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”  Job 1:8

It is interesting to see here that God was “proud” of His servant Job. He described him as “..a blameless & upright man, one who fears God & shuns evil..” Aren’t these virtues bestowed upon Job by the grace of God? Yet He attributes them to Job. This is the great mystery of God’s sovereignty versus man’s responsibility. Accept it, submit to it and praise God for it. It will keep us humbly dependent on Him.

Neh 13:16-18 – the appropriate use of the Lord’s Day…

Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, “What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” Neh 13:16-18

Observe the care and concern Nehemiah had for what ought not be done on the Lord’s day. He was firm and unapologetic when addressing how the people misused the Lord’s day. The Lord’s day should be used for activities that would draw us near to God, that magnify His name and remind us about his goodness. It is a day that should be a reminder of the salvation rest we have in Jesus Christ. Anything that has bearing towards this is what we should be spending our time on.

 

2 Chr 31:21 – So he prospered…

And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.  2 Chr 31:21

This verse is speaking about King Hezekiah. The verse ends with 3 words “So he prospered.” What is the reason that King Hezekiah prospered? It was because he sought his God with all his heart.

Let us be reminded that this is the way to true happiness. Hezekiah’s material prosperity was the by-product of his diligent seeking of God. The joy he had was not so much in the material experience of his prosperity but the delight he had in the presence of God as he sought Him. Let us emulate the example of King Hezekiah.