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How often does some form of this bargaining plea cross our minds?

“God….If you ______, I promise to ______.”

Fill in the blanks with our chosen sign to give us the direction of the Almighty.

We seek after prophetic words. A well-known prophet is in town and we attend hoping to hear some direct line of communication from God himself, revealing something we’ve never considered.

We play Bible roulette with our questions. Our Bible flops open to a passage designed to inspire our future actions, only it reads some obscure passage about judgment on Babylon. Take two. Try Again!

We’ve even developed “Christian” words for this practice. We put out a “fleece” because that is what Gideon did in Judges 6.

As we seek to follow God, ultimately queries about being in His will come up. What does God want me to do with my life?

We engage in a lot of activities to discern the direction of the Almighty.

  • We ask.
  • We look at all life’s circumstances and try to discern the best path.
  • We set out “fleeces” saying things like, “God if you do this (or that) then I will know this is right.”

Sometimes our methods turn into downright manipulation or magic.

A little seeking, a bit of fasting, some prayer and wise counsel, and “Poof” we know His Will.
We attempt to make deals with God saying, “God if you show me this I will live for you forever!”

No amount of deal brokering is foolproof. There are no magic spells consisting of good works which always produce the desired result.

Go South To Get North

August 20, 2012

I used to see bumper stickers reading “God is my Co-Pilot”. One of my youth staff had this on their beater of a car. Besides the fact it is cheesy Christian stuff, there is truth in this.

Genesis shows us one of these incidents. Jacob wanted to fulfill God’s plan for him in the land of Israel. But famine struck and in order to survive he needed to go south.

He did not want to go south to Egypt. He wanted to go north to the land which God promises to his ancestors.

But God’s plan involved going south, to eat the food his son Joseph had stored up in Egypt, so in the future the 12 sons could go north to their destiny.