FEBRUARY 26 – See this Great Thing
1Samuel 12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.
Watch this! I am going to rain on your parade. The first of this verse is stand. This reminds me of children that are often fidgety. The Lord says, PAY ATTENTION. His address is really about their rebellion in asking for a King. God is going to show His displeasure because of their rebellion. Pay attention and see what I will do right here before your eyes. This was an occasion that God wants the people to remember. This could be called “cause and effect.” Because of rebellion, God was going to affect their lives and not in a good way.
For all we do, there are consequences. Some are good. Some are bad. The question, why do we run the risk of bad consequences. The answer is we yield to desire and relinquish the mind of God to exercise our human mind in futility. It is futile to try and out-think God. Man always has a better way than God’s way. All too often it is youth and a desire to do great things that propel us to disaster. I am guilty and I have little doubt you are guilty. Has this thought run through your mind? If I did this, I would really get some attention for God? I thank the Lord that these were temporary thoughts that were never put into action. The Word dissuaded me.
The other thought that would come to accompany the new plan was does God approve or am I going to have to rationalize what I do to make it acceptable. I noticed how ineffective my rationalizing influenced my wife. That caused me to remember that God looks on the heart. I made the determination that I did not need the thunder and rain in my life.
I determined to not rebel and simply do things God’s way.