Let’s learn to rely on GOD!
We’re so thankful that you all have been with us for the past two months or less, and we appreciate your support and efforts to read our posts. So, it seems that the questions we have received have been more focused on relationships, which is perfectly fine, but I do want to remind you all that the questions can also be about education, finances, and just life in general.
A few days ago, while I was reading the Word, I came across a story that really stood out to me, although I have read it a couple of times. I was pressed to write something about it, and so here I go.
I was reading 2 Kings 1(I’ll attach it at the bottom), and in this chapter, we read that King Ahaziah fell through the strips of wood of the upper room in his palace. Due to this incident, King Ahaziah was very injured. Now, instead of consulting God, he told his messengers to go to the god of Ekron, Baal-zebub, in order to ask if he would be able to recover from his injuries. So an angel spoke to Elijah and told him to confront those messengers and ask them if there was no God in Israel. Elijah went ahead to follow the promptings. He also went ahead to ask why they were going to the god of Ekron instead, and because of this deed, he told them that King Ahaziah would never leave his bed and would die, which he was instructed to relay by the Lord.
Something that was brought to my attention was that King Ahaziah was looking for comfort. He was injured and of course injuries are meant to hurt. They disable you for a period of time, depending on the degree of the injury, and unfortunately for others, they are disabled for the rest of their lives. King Ahaziah wanted to see the end of the tunnel, hence the reason why he wanted an answer of when he would get better and receive that comfort. This is very normal. We all go through things or get hurt physically and can’t wait until we feel better. It’s kind of like that feeling when you get a cold and you’ve taken your nostrils for granted. You just want to be able to breath through both nostrils freely again. You want to know when this freedom will occur and that’s how King Ahaziah felt. He wanted his comfort.
A lot of us are looking for comfort, but we’re searching for the answers in the wrong places. God has given us all of the answers and continues to speak to us, but very few of us use Him as our resource when He should be our ONLY resource. God speaks to us in various ways. Something being pressed on your heart can even be God giving you a Word. The issue is that we most times refuse to use the SOURCE. We always want to get answers our own way or find an answer that is more straightforward and easy to understand. That’s not how God works. God requires that we rely on Him alone. Well, I guess we have free will, so God can only hope that we will rely on Him, but it’s something that we should do, especially because He has always known the end from the very beginning. There is nothing that anyone can tell you that will give you any consolation than from God Himself.
So because we refuse to rely on God and trust His ways and path for our lives, we’ve caused DEATH to occur. Things aren’t going well in your life for a reason. You failed to consult God, but went ahead to consult others that had no business in fulfilling a particular path in your life. For those of you that rely on pastors, prophets, and whoever, God is calling you to speak DIRECTLY to Him as He is the only one that has the answers to whatever question you have concerning your life.
When God came down in the form of Jesus Christ, His mission was to forgive our sins by living a blameless life and dying on the cross for us. By doing this, he abolished the traditions and laws of the past and gave us a direct connection to Himself so that we would have a RELATIONSHIP with Him. Let’s take advantage of that opportunity. God knows best, and He will reveal all to you as long as you make it a point to build that relationship and rely on His guidance and love to lead you in every area of your life. We are causing unnecessary death to take part in our lives when God delivered us specifically to give us LIFE.
It doesn’t matter which situation this applies to for your personal life, but know that God always has it under control. As I mentioned earlier, most of our questions have been about relationships, and it’s clear that a lot of us are looking for love and that sense of fulfillment, but when you trust God completely, things like that don’t phase you. You begin to realize that God has the best in store for you and that it’s just a matter of perfect timing before it comes through for you. God never fails, and because He is not in the business of failure or letting people down, believe that what you’ve been waiting for is on the way. In the meantime, find your love, fulfillment and comfort in God. He first loved us and we should first love Him that he may direct us into the correct hands or environment.
Don’t miss out on what God has for you simply because you refuse to be patient. When they say “patience is a virtue”, it’s beyond true. Patience is everything we need in order to allow God’s plans to come to fruition in our lives. I heard somewhere that if you boil water at a very high heat and use it for food or a drink, etc., it doesn’t remain warm for very long, but if you heat food at a moderate rate, it remains warm for a longer period of time. If this is true, you should think back to it whenever you try to act in haste. Things that are started abruptly, fail as quickly as they were started, but things that take time and are cared for tend to last longer.
I hope this was a blessing to you. I’ve attached the bible excerpt below. Please take a look at it. If you don’t get to have some quiet time today, at least this will count for something.
God loves you.
2 Kings 1:
ELIJAH CONFRONTS KING AHAZIAH
1 After King Ahab’s death, the land of Moab rebelled against Israel.
2 One day Israel’s new king, Ahaziah, fell through the latticework of an upper room at his palace in Samaria and was seriously injured. So he sent messengers to the temple of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether he would recover.
3 But the angel of the Lord told Elijah, who was from Tishbe, “Go and confront the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is there no God in Israel? Why are you going to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether the king will recover? 4 Now, therefore, this is what the Lord says: You will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.’” So Elijah went to deliver the message.
5 When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you returned so soon?”
6 They replied, “A man came up to us and told us to go back to the king and give him this message. ‘This is what the Lord says: Is there no God in Israel? Why are you sending men to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether you will recover? Therefore, because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.’”
7 “What sort of man was he?” the king demanded. “What did he look like?”
8 They replied, “He was a hairy man,[a] and he wore a leather belt around his waist.”
“Elijah from Tishbe!” the king exclaimed.
9 Then he sent an army captain with fifty soldiers to arrest him. They found him sitting on top of a hill. The captain said to him, “Man of God, the king has commanded you to come down with us.”
10 But Elijah replied to the captain, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and killed them all.
11 So the king sent another captain with fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, the king demands that you come down at once.”
12 Elijah replied, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!” And again the fire of God fell from heaven and killed them all.
13 Once more the king sent a third captain with fifty men. But this time the captain went up the hill and fell to his knees before Elijah. He pleaded with him, “O man of God, please spare my life and the lives of these, your fifty servants. 14 See how the fire from heaven came down and destroyed the first two groups. But now please spare my life!”
15 Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him, and don’t be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went with him to the king.
16 And Elijah said to the king, “This is what the Lord says: Why did you send messengers to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether you will recover? Is there no God in Israel to answer your question? Therefore, because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.”
17 So Ahaziah died, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah. Since Ahaziah did not have a son to succeed him, his brother Joram[b] became the next king. This took place in the second year of the reign of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.
18 The rest of the events in Ahaziah’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.