When David heard the words: “Let’s go to the house of the Lord“, he rejoiced (Psalms 122:1). The call “Let’s go” may come to Lord’s people for all purposes. But there are places that Lord’s people can go and cannot go. When the call comes, we must realize if its the right place to go.
As we read in Genesis 34:1 Dinah went out to visit women of the land (this land is a foreign land and the Lord had not given permission to His people to go round about the lands of the foreign nation, make friends and learn their custom).
Dinah did not bother about God’s words and was raped by Shechem. Even though Dinah had a big family of 12 brothers, father and mother, she did not inform them of going out. Whenever we do something that’s not right, we have the tendency to hide it from the others, right?
However, even if we hide it from our family and friends, we cannot hide it from the Lord. The Lord has given us total freedom; but not everything is beneficial for Lord’s people (as we read in 1 Corinthians 6:12).
We should not do what we are not supposed to do
As we read in 1 Samuel 13:9, Saul did not wait for Samuel to offer the burnt offering in a proper way. Rather, he himself offered the burnt offering. When Samuel arrived, Saul went out to greet him (without realizing his mistake).
Samuel did not accept Saul’s greeting but asked him what he had done! In order to answer this question, Saul points towards many excuses; he even accuses Samuel that he turned up late. He said he had to do it in a compelling manner.
As a consequence the Lord did not endure Saul’s kingdom but had sought out a different person, dearest to His heart to be the king.
It is also important that we obey the Lord completely. As we read in 1 Samuel 15: 7-10, Saul did not obey the Lord wholeheartedly and fully. He did not eradicate the Amalekites as the Lord instructed him (in verse 3). As a consequence the Lord rejected Saul to be the king over Israel (1 Samuel 15:26).
We should be where the Lord wants us to be
As we read in John 20:10 the disciples of the Lord stayed at Jerusalem in their houses as instructed by the Lord. However two of the disciples left Jerusalem and went to Emmaus (Luke 24:13). Even though the Lord was with the followers who went to the Emmaus, they did not recognize His presence.
Similarly Shimei was killed when he went out not obeying the word of God. Another example is that of the man who went to Jericho from Jerusalem (Luke 10:30).
If we go to a place that the Lord does not want to go, we will not be able to realize the presence of the Lord.
We should not take back what we left
An example for this case is Peter. We read in Matthew 4:19, 20 that Peter left the fishing job at once when the Lord called him. But later on, we read in John 21:3, he goes out to fishing at once. He was standing without his outer garment in the sea when the Lord approached him. So he was not able to face the Lord and so he jumped into the sea.
If we forget our commitment to the Lord and go back to what we left, we will have to be ashamed of (because we will lose our spiritual garment). We will turn lukewarm spiritually (neither hot nor cold) and we will not even realize that we are wretched, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3: 17).
As we read in John 21:4, the disciples did not realize Jesus easily in the morning when He stood on the shore. Early morning represents His second coming. If we go back to what we left, we will not realize or see the Lord during His second coming.
What are your thoughts?