Helping God Get It Done

If this were possible, has it actually been attempted?  In the Bible there are several examples:

Sarah gave her servant to Abraham has a means of fulfilling God’s promise that he would have descendants. (Gen 16: 1-4).

Moses killed an abusive Egyptian when he joined his Hebrew people’s struggle for freedom considering his call as a deliverer. exodus 2: 11-12.

Korah and 250 other leaders in the counsel concluded that Moses had misinterpreted God’s intent for Israel saying, “You have gone too far!  The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them.  Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?” (Numbers 16: 2-3).

The Israelites who refused to go in and take possession of the land God had promised them, then attempted to do so by themselves. (Numbers 14: 40-45).

The Israelites who attempted to take the small city of Ai without consulting God after He overthrew Jericho. (Joshua 8: 3-4).

Saul couldn’t wait on Samuel and offered the incense offering himself. (1 Sam.13: 8-10).

Uzzah reached out and steadied the Arc of the covenant as the ox stumbled. (2 Sam. 6: 6).

When Peter rebuked the Lord about suffering, rejection by Jewish leaders, dying and resurrecting.  “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter.  ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said.  ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’ ” (Mark 8: 33).

Yeshua’s response to Peter defines the cause and nature of all these illustrations of people trying to assist God.  It is worldly human thinking that is wrong and opposed to God’s plan.  We may be tempted to take matters into our own hands, but the end result is always bad, sometimes extremely so.  Consider the implication of those who did so above:

Ishmael was born and to this day his descendants have made war with Israel.

Moses was exiled to the desert and became a shepherd for the next forty years, abandoning his people Israel.

The ground opened up and swallowed Korah and his followers.

The disobedient Israelites were badly defeated.

The Israelites were defeated until they inquired of God.

The kingship was taken away from Saul.

Uzzah was killed instantly

Peter himself was rebuked and the Lord referred to him as Satan.

When we presume that God is late and/or unable to fulfill all that He promises and says, then we have rejected or violated His instruction, which results in bad repercussions.  It’s not that God is unkind, rash, or unforgiving, these results were brought about by the actions of people, God’s plans and purposes are good.  It is the height of arrogance to think we can improve on God’s promise.  The rule in all cases is clear, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16: 18).  Haman in the book of Esther illustrates this as well as any.

Lord, Yeshua, help us to pursue humility and reject every prideful thought and way.  When we are tempted to raise ourselves, our achievement, cause or will above those of others and especially your ways, remind us to duck down low and get on our knees lest we get struck by a heavy blow of destruction.  Your ways and timing are perfect, forgive our impatience as we wait on your salvation.

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