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Scripture Passage: I Samuel 4th Chapter.
If we manipulate God to our desire, we will face the consequences of what it is said in I Sam 4th chapter. The Israelites went to war against the Philistines, it is not written whether they inquired the Lord before or not. According to the pattern of God’s leading we can take it, they did not inquire with the Lord. Notice here in the 1st verse that Israel went against them and not the Philistines began this battle. Israelites were defeated. When they are defeated they put the blame on the Lord ‘Why has the LORD defeated us today?’ Then they decided to bring the Ark of the Covenant to their camp so it can save them from the hand of the enemies. What happened their second defeat was very bad than the previous one. Moreover, the enemies captured the Ark of the Covenant.
This is what God wants us to meditate on why you should not manipulate God’s will towards your desire.
“The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” Many today sadly try to manipulate God with their desire. When they do, the glory of God in their midst might have departed from them. When they do willfully these things, they are going against their own soul. They might lose their anointing and come under the influence of seven other deadly spirits. The later part of their life would be much sadder than their beginning. This is a very serious condition for us to be found by God in this situation. True, His grace abounds and He forgives us through His mercy; but still the judgmental call is from Him (Rom 9:15). If we are ignorant, then God deals with us in a different manner; but if we are self willed and presumptuous, then we will face the judgment call from Him regarding our position with God (Heb 10:26-31).
Let us not pull the strings when He will do that for us; let us not try to bring the glory of God where it is not supposed to be, but we move under the glory of God. Let us not try to bend His will for our desire. Lets us submit ourselves into His hands to mold us according to His desire.