Be Careful Where You Turn

Pic from Flickr by Sergio Bettencourt

Pic from Flickr by Sergio Bettencourt

When things are going well, we get to the point where trusting God just does not seem that important. Life is good so with our lifestyle, we kick God to the curb. We put life in cruise control. God becomes a non-issue. Prayer becomes lapse. Reading the Bible becomes non-existent. We feel like everything is good. Then life throws us a curve ball. Something that we did not plan for happens.

Life has snuck up on us.
We have hit a wall.
Depression, Tragedy, Unknown circumstances are showing up. One bad decision creates another bad decision and so on and so on. We are drowning in a mess that we created. So, we look for help. We search internet articles, magazine articles, go to friends, parents, we go to everyone but God.
I Samuel 28:1-19
Samuel had warned Israel what would happen if they elected a king. They did not care. They elected Saul. Saul had Samuel has an occasional advisor. Basically, Samuel held Saul accountable for his actions and Saul obeyed God but not because he loved God. Saul obeyed God because he did not want to reap the consequences of sowing the wrong seed. Life was going well. The people seemed halfway content. He was winning battles. So, Saul put life on cruise control. Saul took life into his own hands. The better life seemed the farther Saul got away from God. Then, Samuel died. The Philistines were preparing for war against Israel. Saul dresses up so as not to be recognized and goes to seek the services of a medium. Saul asks her to bring Samuel back from the dead. WHOA! Houston we have a problem!!! That is a direct violation of the Torah! The Law of Moses says:
Leviticus 19:31 -“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:27 -“A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”
Leviticus chapter 26 lists the consequences for disobedience. It is not pretty.
Saul seeks out the medium of Endor. He tells her to bring Samuel back from the dead and she does. Samuel tells Saul – Because you did this, your army is going to lose and you and your sons are going to die. Next day – War. Swords and spears are flying. The ground is stained with blood. Saul looks over and all three of his sons are dead. Saul is wounded. The enemy’s army is closing in around Saul. Saul looks at his armor bearer. Saul orders the armor bearer to kill him. The armor bearer freaks out. Saul then takes his own sword and kills himself. The armor bearer then fearing death by the enemy draws his sword and kills himself also.
What went wrong? What happened to where Saul went from being this strong king with a great kingdom to killing himself in the middle of the battlefield? With every decision that Saul made to reject the things of God, he hardened his spirit toward God. Decision after decision, Saul’s spirit became harder until it became stone. Saul had slammed on the brakes and ultimately became unaffected by the things of God.
That sounds like us. Our life is going great until something happens and then everything hydroplanes out of control. God is reaching out his hand to us and we reject it. We put both hands on the steering wheel and both feet on the brakes. We scream at the top of our lungs…I GOT THIS, I DON’T NEED YOU!
Maybe the only time we call on God is when we need him to do something like…Grandma is sick and then we want her to get better. I need an A on this test or I am going to fail this class. So, we put God in a box and we try to use him as a magic genie. Then we get mad if God does not act the way we think he should.
Jesus said that we can call God our heavenly father. He is still holding out his hand saying TRUST ME.
Proverbs 3:5-7
Maybe you have considered surrendering your life over to Jesus but for some reason, you are holding back. What is it? Why do you keep pushing Jesus away? Maybe there is stuff you do not understand. Maybe you have questions. That is great. I do not understand everything God does or why he does it. Maybe you have felt the tug of Jesus in your spirit and you have kept rejecting and rejecting. Look, you have been coming to church. You know the Bible verses, you know the story of how Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day. You know he died to save you from your sins but you will not give up your life for the life he wants to give you. Why?
I cannot explain all the aspects of Jesus. No one can. I can tell you about the undeniable facts of things that he has done in my life.
You cannot have an encounter with Jesus and remain unchanged.
Jesus is undeniable. The fact that he changes lives is undeniable.