God, the creator and ruler of all things…day 1
In Romans 11:36 it says that all things were created by God, belong to Him, and exist for His glory.
All things that are created exist for His glory. That means that God can do to us what He wants, He does not have to give us what we want, He doesn’t have to make us happy and He doesn’t have to give us our desires.
Today lets look at some people in the Bible that did things their way and not God’s and see what happened to them because of that decision.
Moses: he hit the rock a second time instead of speaking to it. God’s punishment for this disobedience was that Moses could not go into the Promised Land. Moses did it his way, not the way God told him to. Numbers 20:11 “And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.”
Abraham: God promised him a son, he and Sarah took the matter into their own hands and did it themselves. They were not happy with God’s timing. They did it their way and not God’s. Genesis 16:4 “And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.”
King Saul: he sacrificed on the altar. He wanted to sacrifice an animal before he went into battle. Samuel was late and so Saul did it himself. Another time, Saul did not kill every animal and person in the city they had just taken. He kept some to offer to God as a sacrifice. God’s punishment was to take his hand off of Saul and eventually take the kingdom away from his whole family. What he wanted was not bad; he just did it his way and not God’s. In other words, the ends do not justify the means. 1 Samuel 13:9 “And Saul said, bring hither a burnt offering and the peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.”
David: God told him not to count the army. But he needed to know, so he had the army counted. God sent a plague and thousands were killed. 2 Samuel 24:4 “Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab and against the captains of the army. Therefore Joab and the captains of the army went out from the presence of the king to count the people of Israel.” In reality the entire chapter sums up how repentant David was, yet regardless of how repentant David was, he was not spared from the consequences of his sin.
Satan tempting Jesus: the three things Satan tempted Jesus with were legitimate things. Jesus wanted all of them. But the sin would have been doing it Satan’s way and not God’s. Matthew 4:1-11. In verse 10 it says, “Then Jesus said unto him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
When God created the World and people he had a plan and a purpose. He had a specific intent for each thing he created. To go against that plan or intent is sin. What you want to have done may be great and not sin, but when we do things our way it is sin.
Today, I want you all to think about the fact that God didn’t just create the world and animals and people. He created institutions, government, ordinances. Tomorrow we will talk about some recent events that show just how adamant we are about doing things our way (the worlds view of right) versus God’s way.