Posted by: peebles | May 13, 2014

1 Kings 19:15 to 16 (NIV) The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.

God told Elijah to do three things, yet he only did one of them, the one which would personally benefit him the most. Elijah was rather selfish in his choice, he only wanted to do something from which he would get the most gain. Does this sound controversial or too close to the truth? Afterwords, it is also interesting to note that after Elijah sought out Elisha to be his servant, Elijah’s only recorded miraculous sign was to be taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, compared to the many he had done before hand.

Meanwhile, Hazael king of Aram went onto be king, and Jehu, in turn, become king even though Elijah did not anoint them as God commanded him to do. But what could have happened to these kings if they knew the blessing and hand of God upon their calling by being anointed with oil in the name of the Lord from the man of God?

When God asks you to do something you cannot take the attitude of, “God I will pick and chose what I want to do and when I want to do it. I only want to do something that will benefit me and make me look good, I only want to do something from which I will get the most out of it.” You cannot pick and choose, or disregard God’s request just because it does not appeal to you. The Bible says in James 5:17 (NIV), “Elijah was a man just like us.” Would you believe that there can be times in your life when you do pick and chose God’s will just like Elijah, but remember that obedience brings blessing.

We can all sin and choose things which we would gain the most from, things that will make us look good, and disregard God’s will, yet there is forgiveness and mercy to be found in God, as well as Divine restoration.

My friend, today when God calls you to go and do something, bear in mind, God is asking you to do it because He believes in you and trusts in you to do it. God is looking for men and women who will rise up and say, “Here I am Lord, send me to do whatever it is you want me to do.” And as you do so, you will find you will go on to be involved in more and trusted with even greater things to do in His name.

God bless you my friend, Matthew

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