Fresh Hope – 2nd November 2018

Be careful what you ask for!

Billy Graham was one of the most well loved and respected Christians in history. His wife, Ruth, told the story that she had asked God on many occasions to give her a husband. She had had several of her prayers ‘turned down’ by God…something that she was not happy about. Later in life, after being married to this most incredible man, she said that she was forever grateful that God didn’t answer any of her prayers that she had prayed as a young woman. He had only answered the one that gave her the husband that was right for her. They were happily married for almost 64 years.

In the book of 1Samuel, the Bible records that the people kept insisting that they wanted a King. Their current leader, Samuel, was now well advanced in years and they felt that a younger guy needed to replace him. No matter how many times they were counselled that a new king would lead them into disarray, they still insisted that wanted a new leader.

1 Samuel 8:10-22 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: he will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plough his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’ But the people refused to listen to Samuel. ‘No!’ they said. ‘We want a king over us. Then we shall be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.’ When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. The Lord answered, ‘Listen to them and give them a king.’

In the end God gave into their request and gave them Saul as their king.

Saul was not the right man or the right choice. God only gave him to them because they insisted that they knew better. Remember, you have a free will, and at times God will allow you to make decisions, and to ask for things based on what you think is right for you. Before you make foolish decisions, seek wise counsel and be open to God to change your mind.

A lifetime of misery awaits those that insist that they know what’s best.

Be careful what you pray for and insist on…God may just give it to you!! If He does, don’t blame Him when it all goes wrong.

Ask yourself some simple questions today:

What am I insisting on because I believe I know best?

Am I seeking counsel from anyone wiser than myself in this matter?

Do you sense that the Holy Spirit is telling you to back off?

Is one of your traits that of being ‘pig headed’?

Remember, God knows what’s best for your life; If you get your own way you are actually pushing away the very best that God has for you, if you’ll only wait.

Remember, if Ruth Graham had have had her prayers answered according to what she felt was right, she may have had a life of misery! Instead, she waited for God’s best and had the most incredible life.

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Pastor Mark

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