Scripture: Judges 3: 20 NASB “A Message From God”
“Ehud came to him while he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat.” Judges 3: 20
God had a message for King Eglon. Eglon was really fat. (Eglon sounds like it must mean eclair in Hebrew but it doesn’t.) God sent the second judge of Israel, Ehud, to deliver a message to him. Sometimes it’s not good to get a message from God.
I trust that God had given Eglon numerous chances to trust Him but he didn’t do it. Now his time was up and Ehud delivered a message to him. The message was “It’s time to meet your Maker.” So Eglon did.
Scripture says “Today is the day of salvation” (cf. 2Cor. 6: 2). So if you haven’t gotten that squared away, now is the time.
For Christians, if you continually “kick against the goads” (cf. Acts 26: 14), there could also come a time where God has a message for you. It’s called “the sin unto death” (cf. 1Jn. 5: 16; 1Cor. 11: 30). Ananias and Sapphira found out about the “sin unto death” (cf. Acts 5: 1 – 10).
On the other hand . . . God will reward you when you obey Him and His Word. The reward? His presence (cf. Jn. 14: 21)! Want a good message from God? Trust His Word!
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Dt. 30: 19)!
The well-known preacher, Charles Stanley, teaches that there is a difference between the two Greek words for “word,” logos and rhema. He would say that the word logos refers to the objective word of God, the Scripture but that God can also give Christians a “personal” word, a rhema. The word rhema is used in the Mt. 4: 4, ” . . . He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”
I don’t know if God often gives us a rhema but I know that He does make His Word personal to us and we should be aware of the work of the Holy Spirit to do that.
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: A Dinner And A Show