The Altar of God is Not a Bargaining Table!
Last night at church my pastor made this comment and I cannot let it go. He said, “The altar is not a bargaining table!” As I began to pray about everything the Lord wanted to teach me about it I heard the Lord say, “That is what people do. They, many times, don’t come to me as I require which is in spirit and in truth, but to exchange something. They will say, ‘God if you do this for me, I will do such and such for you.’ They come only long enough to get what they want from me and I don’t hear from them again until the next hardship comes up.”
How sad, that the creator of this universe, the one that loved us so much that He literally gave His Son to die the most horrific of all deaths for us, is treated with such lack of appreciation and honor! God’s way is the word of God! There can and never will be a substitute for that! We learn this in the story of Cain and Abel. God requires, and still does to this day, a blood sacrifice (which is now Jesus and what He did on the cross). Abel did as God commanded and brought what GOD required, not what he thought was good enough. Cain did the opposite. He brought his own talent and idea of what he thought was just as good. He brought pride in his gift to the altar for acceptance! Abel brought OBEDIENCE!
God accepted Abel’s offering and rejected Cain’s. This was not what GOD had said to do. God was not going to go against His word and He wasn’t going to bargain with Cain! When Cain saw his offering that stemmed from pride and disobedience was rejected he became so enraged he killed his own brother! God had told Cain in Genesis 4:7 “You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” That is exactly what happened to Cain. He did not do what was right and anger and rage got the better of him and he sinned by letting it master him. He was then cast away from God! How sad when all he had to do was obey. Instead he wanted to “bargain”!
The Bible is God’s way! There is NO OTHER WAY! Don’t let the devil fool you and cause you to think there is!! God is requiring it His way to spare our lives of undue heartache, hardship, and even dying before our time! He doesn’t want to hinder our happiness, He wants to bring everlasting joy that no circumstance can take away! Why? Because In God we always have victory, no matter how the battles of life may SEEM to rage. God will always lead us in the WINNING direction and complete all that He has promised, but it is by HIS word which is His way!
My dear reader, when was the last time you knelt at an altar, whether at church or in your prayer closet at home, and said like Jesus did, “Nevertheless, not My will but Thine be done!”? Let this be OUR prayer today. Not our way, not what we think, but God’s way and will be done to the utmost in our lives! You will be blessed beyond measure when you come to that point and all the things that have been a fight for you will lose their power over and against you. Why? Because you are doing it God’s way and He NEVER loses!!
Have a good day, my precious reader! May you be richly blessed in all your ways today! See you soon!