1 Samuel 26:1-25

1 Samuel 26:1-25

1 Samuel 26:24Vintage message from December 13, 1998.

Oftentimes we find ourselves in situations where we see it as the right time to strike. I will deal with my problems right now. I will say what I need to say. I will do what I need to do to deal with my problems right now, rather than saying, “God, there’s my problem. You deal with it.” Once again, if we take matters into our own hands, we do not know what the lasting consequences of what that will be… I don’t care what problem you’re having, I don’t care where you find yourself in life, [or] what aggravations are coming against you, it’s time will come. God is in control. God knows what He’s doing. And even though the opportunity presents itself, understand, the enemy will allow us to see opportunities that God has offered us as moments of faith for God, [but] the enemy offers it to us as an opportunity to sin against God. Our faith is being tested at every step of our life… How you respond to the things that come is a step of faith, and unless you have this love relationship with God, unless you understand Who your Creator is and have that love relationship with Him, you are going to respond wrong…

“Far be it from me to stand against what the Lord is doing…” Do you find yourself wanting to say that when you face life? Even major challenges, major desires in your life, and I know all of us are tempted. We have desires: things that we want, things that we want to do, possessions that we want to bring to ourself. Do you find yourself saying, “Don’t let my hands sin. Don’t let the sin be mine. God, protect me. I don’t care how much of a desire I have. Don’t let the sin be mine.” Let God deal with it. If God wants you to have it, He’ll give it to you. If God wants the problem to go away, He’ll take it away. He’ll deal with it. God is still the God of this universe. He’s still in control. He has not abdicated His throne. Not to Satan, …not to me. But sometimes, you know what, I feel like maybe He should give it to me, because I know what to do. I know how to get the job done. I know how to live my life! And, I try to live everybody else’s life for them too. And, you know, I could probably do a pretty good job if you would just listen to me! How many of us have found ourselves saying that? It’s easy to live everybody else’s life for them, but understand, when you begin to do that, you’re sinning against God Who has not yet stepped off His throne. He is in control. He can deal with it…

Do you realize that God already knows what you’re going through? That God already knows what your struggles are? And that God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, has already intervened in your life? That God is already seeing to your needs? God is already seeing to your problems. God already knows what He’s doing with you and where He’s taking you. What an amazing thing! What an amazing statement! To understand that, wow, God already knows! God was already in control… Sometimes I think we step out and take matters into our own hands, and we try to bring conclusion to our problems because we’re tired of going through our problems, and we make matters worse because we fail to see that God is in control, that God has already started to work, that God has already taken matters into His hands…

Sometimes God allows for us to go through hard times at the hands of other men. God allows it… It would be very easy for us to say, “Well, where was God in all of this? Why didn’t God stop it?…Why didn’t God do this? Why didn’t God do that?” Have you ever found yourself asking that question? …And we begin to blame God for everything, and God is the bad guy. God is out of control, therefore I must take control of my life… All I can tell you is that I know from God’s Word and from my life that God is in control, and that God does, from time to time, allow bad things to happen to good people. God allows our faith to be challenged to the very core of our existence to show us that we will, in fact, stand firm in Him and trust Him…

I believe [this] is the statement that each of us need to make in our lives: May the Lord deliver me from all my troubles. Don’t leave it up to me to deliver myself.

Pastor Dave Elkins