Posts Tagged ‘Choices and consequences? Is there anything new under the sun? Learning from history’

This morning I sat in my favorite chair, sipping coffee, with my Precept homework spread around me. Before beginning today’s study, I asked God to teach me what He was saying in this lesson that could be applied in my life.

With the last homework question answered, I was closing my notebook when the Holy Spirit began calling scriptures to my mind, flash-card style.

 “That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, ‘See this, it is new’? Already it has existed for ages which were before us. There is no remembrance of earlier things; and also of the later things which will occur, there will be for them no remembrance among those who will come later still” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 NAS).

Genesis tells us God gave Abraham the promise of a land, a seed, and a blessing. Hundreds of years later, God delivered Abraham’s descendants from slavery in Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land. God set up a system of judges to govern this young nation; but the people were dissatisfied. They wanted a king—like the nations around them.

Just like people from every generation since that time, the Israelites rejected God as their king. They wanted to be like everyone else in their world—they wanted a human king. And God gave them the desire of their hearts.

Then Samuel’s conversation with God raced through my mind, when the people demanded a king and Samuel was angry, but God told him:

“Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them” (I Samuel 8:7-9 NAS).

We know the result of their demand, lived out over the next 475 years—from 1011 B.C. when Saul was anointed king over Israel, until 536 B.C. when the first exiles returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylonian.

And it was predominantly ugly and broke the nation into two kingdoms.

That period of Jewish history was collage of chaos for the northern kingdom. Their continuous rebellion to God’s statutes ended when the Assyrians hauled them away into slavery. The southern kingdom had a few godly kings, but the people and their leaders, even the priests, were equally rebellious and disobedient to the Lord God until He banished them into captivity for seventy years in Babylon. God told them:

Behold, I Myself am going to bring a sword on you and I will destroy your high places…and you will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 6:3-7 NAS).

God still gives us our own way. But there are consequences. He’s done that since the garden. He’s not a dictator. He is the Righteous King who desires our allegiance, our love, and our hearts.

In December of 1620, a ragged band of pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, searching for the freedom to worship the Almighty God. It cost them, and most of our founding fathers, their lives. But their determination to maintain their allegiance to God birthed a nation—under God—the United States of America.

And as long as Americans pledged their allegiance to the God of our Fathers, He blessed our land, our people and our children.

But the seed of Adam’s sin infects every generation. Just like in the Garden of Eden, man still struggles with the sin of rebellion against God. Each of us must decide where to place our allegiance. Each of us must choose the laws we will follow. Each of us chooses to give our love and our heart either to God or to Satan.

There is no middle ground and “there is nothing new under the sun.” We are no different from our ancestors, all the way back to Adam and Eve. We just think we’re different because we’ve tossed mud into the waters of the sovereignty of God’s law, hoping our pitiful attempts to obscure His truth in education will silence His Word. But God’s Word will remain forever, in spite of our futile efforts to diminish, twist, and destroy it.

The final flash-card repeated:

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it (the king’s heart) wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1 NAS).

God is the same God in Genesis that He is in 2013. His ways are the same. His authority is the same. His power is the same. And His judgments are the same.

Today fifty-one percent of Americans are screaming for a king. Fifty-one percent of Americans want nothing to do with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Fifty-one percent of Americans desire a government like the other nations who have either a dictator or a king.

And God will give the people what their hearts desire.

Just like He did to the Israelites who stood on the border of the land God promised and assigned their loyalty to ten lying spies who refused to believe God’s Word and His promise. And that cost those folks forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Until they died.

God was Israel’s king until they rejected Him. And their wrong choices culminated in 475 years of generational pain that ended when they were dragged into slavery in Assyria and Babylon. And the pain that began continues to this day because the people of  Israel refused to believe the promised Messiah was born in that manger in Bethlehem.

Choices bring consequences.

Refusal to address sin and rebellion in our lives, in our families, and in our nation is a refusal to seek God’s presence. Only with God’s presence can we have His blessing and His peace. Without Him there will always be chaos.

What will the cost be to Americans if we continue to reject the Lord God Almighty and desire to be like the other nations? What will the consequences be if this fifty-one percent grows to seventy-five percent? What will become of our young people, our grandchildren, being schooled in the murky waters of Day Age, Evolutional Creation, self-worship, pride, homosexuality, infanticide and millions of other deceptions writhing in the cesspools of evil?

Are you satisfied with Jesus? Does your heart truly belong to Him? Is He your Lord, your God, and your King?

Or does your soul desire another king? If so, are you willing to pay the price?

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