Sunday, August 05, 2007

Is it because there is no God in Israel?

2 Kin 1:2 [King] Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria and lay sick. He sent messengers, saying, Go, ask Baal-zebub, the god of [Philistine] Ekron, if I shall recover from this illness.
2 Kin 1:3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king in Samaria and say to them, Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?
2 Kin 1:4 Therefore the Lord says: You [Ahaziah] shall not leave the bed on which you lie, but shall surely die. And Elijah departed.

King Ahaziah was a man who refused to follow the statutes of God. He was the son of Ahab and Jezebel, so he knew the works of Elijah, and witnessed the power of Jehovah as God. Yet, he stubbornly refused to submit and immediately sought false gods when he needed counsel.

In his stubbornness, God summoned Elijah to deliver a word of judgment unto him for his actions. Though God was not sought after by the king, the true God still answered his query, and delivered judgment thereby, due to his refusal to seek God.

Even in this hour, God is asking HIS people the same question he was forced to ask the disobedient king - Is it because there is no God in Israel that you seek another? God's people are still to busy seeking other gods for advice, rather than seeking our Father. God really dealt with me about the many "gods" in my own life that have hindered me from truly seeking and obeying Him. Many of us refuse to admit we are seeking instruction from other sources, then asking God to "fix" it.

How many of us seek the checkbook before we spend money? We seek the spouse before making a decision regarding the family or the home. We seek the job to see if we can take a day off. We seek our email boxes and voice mail messages to determine who we will talk to today. We seek the mail to determine which bills will be paid. We seek the coupon section to determine where we will shop. We seek the closet to decide what we will wear.

To some, these things may be trivial. Yet, they have become dictating factors in the lives of many believers. They have become "gods", because they dictate our course of action. God is asking, "Why have you not sought the Almighty God?" As ambassadors and sacrifices unto God, we should seek HIM before making any decisions, and Him only. God should be our first order of contact, and He will lead us to do whatsoever He wills with further instruction.

Many times, God has spoken and given me instruction that I failed due to delayed reaction. Delayed obedience is still disobedience. God has instructed me to give monetarily, but instead of just writing a check, I pulled out my checkbook and ran a mental tally of bills that needed to be paid. God has instructed me to give of my household resources. Yet, instead of gathering what I was to give, I first asked my husband for his opinion, rather than telling him I needed to follow the instruction of my Father. The Father has given me a word to deliver to an individual, yet I insisted on conversing and asking questions to reassure myself, rather than just speaking as God instructed. I've had headaches RIGHT AFTER I prayed for the healing of someone else, and sought the medicine cabinet for an Advil, rather than seeking God. Yes, I HAVE FAILED in these areas because I failed to seek God and OBEY HIM first.

So many prophets have spoken about how this is a season to seek the Father and truly become a sacrifice before Him. Immediate and complete obedience is part of that seek and sacrifice. I'm learning to just move, even when the instruction comes through another man or woman of God. It's time to go to the next level.

Where, how and why have you missed God? Is it because there is no God in Israel that you seek another?


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