Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 12, 2015

“Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 13.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 Now the Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen, and people like the sand which is on the seashore in abundance;  and they came up and camped in Michmash, east of Beth-aven.  6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.  7 Also some of the Hebrews crossed the Jordan into the land of Gad and Gilead.  But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

8 Now he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal;  and the people were scattering from him.  9 So Saul said, “Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.”  And he offered the burnt offering.  10 As soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came;  and Saul went out to meet him and to greet him.  11 But Samuel said, “What have you done?”  And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash,  12 therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’  So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”  13 Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.  14 But now your kingdom shall not endure.  The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”   1 Samuel 13:5-14.

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Like Saul, we may see our family and friends scattering from us and be tempted to give up or alter our worship practice.  But, we should be steadfast and be like Martha in the story of Lazurus.  Even though Jesus did not come when they called for Him when Lazarus was only sick, but Jesus only came after Lazarus had been dead four days, and although Mary stayed at the house, Martha went to meet Jesus and Martha believed in Jesus.

“1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  2 It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.  3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”  4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”  5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  6 So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.  …  17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.  18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off;  19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.  20 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. 21 Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.  22 Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”  23 Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  24 Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  27 She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”  John 11:1-6 and 17-27.

If Jesus can resurrect a man who had been dead for four days, then Jesus can help us in any situation even when we think it is too late.

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.”  Psalm 39:7.

“Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.”  Psalm 42:5.

“23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!
The Lord preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.”  Psalm 31:23-24.

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