When we act against God's will, as we see in today's Bible reading, He may opt not to keep His promises.
Despite the fact that I have always understood God's promises to me and my Father-in-the-Lord regarding the RCCG, I did not just relax trusting that He would fulfill them regardless of what I did. Have you received any promises from God? That doesn't give you carte blanche to act badly. Even if you insult Him, He has the ability to change His mind.
Samuel was one of the people in the Bible who saw God alter His mind multiple times. First, he saw God reject Eli as a youngster, destroying his family and legacy in one night. He also witnessed God's rejection of Saul after having personally chosen him. He witnessed how God chose a small boy to be king and tormented Saul while he was still in power. Samuel wisely decided that he would never insult God again. In his address to the Israelites in 1 Samuel 12:3-4, he establishes his firm reputation:
“Look, here I am, bearing evidence against me before the LORD and his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose head have I snatched? or have I defrauded anyone? Whom have I enslaved? or from whose hand have I gotten a bribe to obliterate my vision? and I'll get it back to you. And they responded, "Thou hast not deceived us, tormented us, or taken anything from anyone's hand."
Samuel understood that if God changed His mind about rewarding someone, the consequences would be far severe than before, therefore he avoided offending God.
Samson, on the other hand, failed to play his part and thus missed out on God's promises for his life.
If you believe in God's promises for you and His magnificent plan for your life, I implore you now to do everything you can to avoid offending Him. Indeed, the majesty of God's plan for those who love Him has escaped the ears and eyes of those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). Don't miss out on this opportunity.
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