NO…NOT THAT KIND!
Throughout my life, I have been taught and have also taught that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. We look and envy others. Financially. Marriage. Property. Image. (fill in the blank).
I have been working on a sermon series I will be preaching this summer on the life of David. One of the striking things about David is the choice for him to become king. That came as a result of the disobedience of Saul, which came as a result of the disobedience of the people of Israel. God had been using Judges to rule His people, but during the time of Samuel they began to clamor for a king. First, they weren’t thrilled with Samuel’s choice of predecessors- his sons. I tend to think they weren’t too thrilled with it either. Second, they wanted a king like all the other people/nations have. In essence, they looked at the grass on the other side of the fence and liked what they saw. It was the solution to their whole problem, or so they thought. What they didn’t realize was that God was thoroughly displeased. In fact, I Samuel 8:7 says, “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.’ “
They were saying that God was not enough for them!!
What they did find out was that the grass was not greener on the other side. Saul was a miserable and lousy king. But they got what they asked for. Psalm 106:15 says, “He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.” (NKJV). Getting what we want is not always the best. We need to keep in mind that God wants our best. He really does, and when something we have asked for doesn’t come our way, He has a reason for it. Accepting it though is tough. We still think we know best. Using the above Scripture from Psalm 106 I think it is good to ask a question: will getting what I ask for bring leanness or health to my soul? Instead of pushing the envelope, maybe we need to pause and give it a rest. I think this blog tackles that idea rather well.
What do you think? Have you tried to force an issue with God and afterwards found out it was not the best idea? What did you learn? Was the ever a time that you stopped pushing and paused, only to find it was the best thing you did?