“’This is what the Lord says; Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ So they obeyed the word of the Lord and went home again, as the Lord had ordered.” 1 Kings 12:24.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Kings 12, 2 Chronicles 10-11, and Philippians 2.
This is what doing what God wants looks like in real life.
The Bible is filled with stories. Some are of folks who live badly in God’s sight. Others, like today’s, are of people being obedient to God.
My ways are not to be determined by me unless I want to risk displeasing Him.
I may think that I’ve got things figured out, but I actually have control over nothing.
I must walk every second with Him, willing to turn to the left or to the right or to go straight ahead. The key word is “willing.”
There was good reason for the people in today’s verse to want to attack their brothers but the “reasons” were of their own creation not God’s. God called them on it and they gave the proper response. Praise to them!
“Lord, I need You every second. I cannot find Your Way without You guiding me. Take me over. Run my life. Prick my conscience when I am loosening my grip on You. I have failed You so often because of my folly for going it alone. Guide me O thou great Jehovah.”
Are you doing what God wants? Check with Him first.