June 30, 2011 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Cynthia Peng, Gracepoint Berkeley

1 Samuel 6:7-12

Despite the evidence that it was the hand of God, why would they still consider the possibility that “it happened to us by chance? Despite the evidence that it was the hand of God, they would still consider the possibility that “it happened to us by chance” as a last ditch effort to alleviate their guilt.  If it was by chance, then it’s not because God is displeased with them and I think ultimately it would make them feel better about themselves.  Nobody likes to have people unhappy and displeased with us.  If it were chance, then it would remove that feeling.

Are there times when I have wanted to dismiss God’s clear hand in my life as mere chance? Yes, there are times when I have wanted to dismiss God’s clear hand in my life as mere chance.  This happens when I am corrected or when the word of God addresses me about some sin issue in my life.  I end up dismissing God’s clear had in my life by excusing my sins away, coming up with excuses for why I did this or did that or failed to do this or that.  As long as I have other people to blame or circumstances to blame, then I can deflect what God’s trying to tell me about myself and my heart.  I turn it into either an accident, like I was selfish by accident, I said hurtful things accidentally, or into a misunderstanding, which is almost like turning the table around to say that it was the mistake of the person correcting me for misunderstanding my intentions.  As I read this account of the Philistines, it is so clear to me as the audience that it was not mere chance but it was God’s clear hand, but when you’re on the receiving end of that, we so much want to avoid negative truths about ourselves, it’s amazing to what extent we would believe our own false thoughts.

What are some things I can do to avoid dismissing God’s clear hand in my life as mere chance? I think for one I need to have times of honest reflection about myself, I need to look at the evidence of what God has been showing me and listen to godly people who tell me truths about myself and just trust that they see things more clearly than I do myself because my natural impulse is to defend myself and excuse myself.

 

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