WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
TOPIC: DON’T WANT WHAT GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO HAVE
BY T. O. BANSO
“Now we want a king to be our leader, just like all the other nations. Choose one for us!” (1 Samuel 8:5b Contemporary English Version).
There is a tendency for human beings to value what they don’t have more than what they have. They cherish what they lack more than what they have. There is a longing in them for what is missing in their lives than really enjoying what they already possess.
It seems that man is sometimes more attracted to do or have what is forbidden than what is allowed. In the Garden of Eden, God made every tree grow that was pleasant to the sight and good for food, but that single tree God forbad to eat its fruit became most appealing to Eve, at the prompting of the serpent.
According to Genesis 2:8-9, “The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (New King James Version).
Verses 16-17 say, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’” (New King James Version).
God’s instruction was very clear, not ambiguous. But when the serpent came into the garden, he spoke Eve into desiring what God had forbidden. Eve told the serpent that God said that they might eat the fruit of the trees of the garden except for the fruit of the tree which was in the midst of the garden.
She added to the command of God that they must not only eat it but not touch it otherwise they would die. The addition is not even the real issue. Why should you, in the first instance, touch what you’ve been told not to eat?
However, the real issue was that Eve believed the serpent’s lie than what God said. “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’” (Genesis 3:4-5 New King James Version).
Eve wanted what God didn’t want her and Adam to have. God knew why He wanted them to keep away from the tree and allowed them to eat the fruits of several other trees in the Garden. But Eve was not satisfied with that.
Genesis 3:6-7 says, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (New King James Version).
The glory departed! Disobedience exposed their nakedness. God had to come to their aid, replacing the leaves they used to clothe them with the tunics of skin, He made.
Don’t want what God doesn’t want you to have. No matter how good it appears. Trust the judgment of God that He knows what is best for you. He knows why He doesn’t want you to have whatever He’s keeping away from you. Believe He is acting in your best interest, even if others have the same thing. Don’t touch what God says you shouldn’t touch.
In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites took advantage of the corrupt lifestyle of the children of Samuel, who was old, to ask for a king. “Now we want a king to be our leader, just like all the other nations. Choose one for us!” (1 Samuel 8:5b Contemporary English Version). The Israelites seemed to have forgotten that they were God’s chosen people. They didn’t need a king like the other nations; they already had a king – the king of Kings, God.
But God had known long before this time that they would ask for a king in the future. Moses told them, “When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself” (Deuteronomy 17:14-17 New King James Version).
So when they made the request for a king, it displeased Samuel and he prayed to God about it. God told him to heed their voice for they had not rejected Samuel but Him not to reign over them. He said this was consistent with their behavior since He brought them out of Egypt. However, He told Samuel to solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who would reign over them (1 Samuel 8:7-9).
Despite telling them the behavior of the king who would rule over them, the people insisted they wanted a king (verses 10-19). Samuel, as commanded by God, gave them a king. Israel had different kings as a united nation and as divided nations of Judah and Israel. Most of their kings, especially in the kings of Israel, did evil in the eyes of God. The people also went into rebellion against God like their kings, most of the time, until the two kingdoms went into captivity.
God declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Don’t want what God doesn’t want you to have, no matter how good that thing is. God knows what is best for you. In the wilderness, the Bible says the Israelites lusted after meat and God granted the request but sent leanness, a wasting disease, into their souls (Psalm 106:14-15). In other words, what they requested and were granted didn’t bless them. I’m sure you don’t want that. Desire God’s will, not what you want.
God told Moses, “Then you shall say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, ‘Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.’ Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the LORD who is among you, and have wept before Him, saying, ‘Why did we ever come up out of Egypt?’” (Numbers 11:18-20 New King James Version).
It happened just as God said. The LORD struck with a plague those who had craved for meat. They died and were buried (Numbers 11:31-34). Psalm 78:29-31 refers to this incident.
In Deuteronomy 10:13, Moses told the Israelites to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes, which He commanded them that day for their good. God’s commandments are for your own good. Don’t want what God doesn’t want you to have, although others may have them and they may not even be evil or bad.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, let me not want what You don’t want me to have; let me love your will for my life. Deliver me from wrong desires. Help me to delight in You and my desires to agree with Your will for my life.
(For over 600 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).
T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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