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As we learn more about God, our ultimate response will be worship

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As we learn more about God, our ultimate response will be worship

And Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.”  — 1 Samuel 15:28-29

Scripture teaches us that God is not like us, and all of His promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Samuel affirms this by stating, “he [the LORD] is not a man, that he should have regret” (1 Samuel 15:28-29). It is, therefore, difficult for us to reconcile passages like 1 Samuel 15:11 where the LORD regrets or repents (KJV). How can this be? Can God repent? My theology professor once said, “God is infinite and we are not. Therefore, we do not have the capacity to fully understand God.” Therefore, God uses words, such as regret and repent, that makes sense to us finite beings. Concerning these verses, John Piper writes, “For God to say, 'I feel sorrow that I made Saul king,’ is not the same as saying, 'I would not make him king if I had it to do over.’ God is able to feel sorrow for an act in view of foreknown evil and pain, and yet go ahead and will to do it for wise reasons. And so later, when he looks back on the act, he can feel the sorrow for the act that was leading to the sad conditions, such as Saul's disobedience” (Piper, 1998). So, what should our response be? I believe that God wants us to wrestle with Scripture (and with Him) to develop our faith. He wants us to have confidence in Him and trust in all of His promises. Let us remember, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV). R.C. Sproul said that theology should lead to doxology. As we learn more about God and wrestle with passages like these, our ultimate response will be worship. Let us worship our holy, majestic, and all knowing God.

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Do you give your Sunday best?

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Do you give your Sunday best?

“You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God” (Dt. 17:1).

Do you give your Sunday best? Does your life as a Christian reflect giving God your best? In Deuteronomy 17, we see that God demands the very best from us, especially when we come to His house to worship. Today, however, people’s attitude towards church has changed. Many mega-churches popularized the seeker-sensitive model in the 1990s, which focused on making church comfortable and safe for seekers to come. With this movement, churches have worked hard to be attractive and provide an impressive worship experience, but neglecting the Biblical purpose of worship service. Essentially we are worshipping on our own terms and not His. This view has spread throughout many churches worldwide. As a result, the term “give your Sunday best” is no longer relevant in many churches. In all honesty, does not giving our best really matter to God? It does and it is evil. The prophet Malachi wrote,

“But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, “How have we polluted you?” By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? (Ml. 1:6b-8a).

The Well Church, as living sacrifices, let us give our very best when we come to worship. Let us stand in awe of our God, who deserves our very best.

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