God Will Not Be Denied

Every Tuesday morning, I am in a Virtual Bible Study with over four hundred women who are excited to study God’s Word.  Last Tuesday morning I was running later than usual getting ready for my class.

In keeping with my morning routine, I had taken some medication that I had to take one hour before eating. If I fail to eat within an hour of taking my medicine, I will start to feel lightheaded and nauseous.  Not a good feeling at all!
I knew that it was getting close to time for me to get on the Zoom, so I decided to try to quickly prepare my breakfast, and just keep my camera off until I finished eating.  I had my Zoom where I could hear when things got started.

Within a few minutes, the leader announced who would be opening the study with prayer.  When this happened, I was just about to start my blender to make my favorite morning smoothie.  Initially, I thought that I would bow my head and pray with the other ladies. Then I thought, since my camera and sound are off, I will hurry and make my smoothie, and by the time class actually starts I will be sitting at my dining room table eating.

Well, things didn’t quite go as I had planned.  When I went to pour my smoothie out of the blender, I accidentally overfilled my glass, and the smoothie had to be cleaned off my counter.  As if that wasn’t enough when I started to scramble my eggs, one of my eggs slipped out of my hands and raw egg was wasted on the counter and flowed down my kitchen cabinets to the floor.  I was beyond frustrated at this point. Suddenly I realized what was going on.

I had denied God the time, honor, and respect that was due Him during the prayer time.  Whether it was in person or virtually, I should have paused and bowed my head to pray with the other ladies in the Bible Study.  My disrespect and disobedience cost me.  It cost me even more time than I initially thought that I would be saving because now I had to stop and clean up a mess.  It also cost my peace, because now I was tuning into the Bible Study frustrated and distracted.

This whole scene reminded me of the children of Israel, and how their disobedience turned an eleven-day trip into a forty-year journey.

What I learned from this experience, is that God will not be denied His time, His glory, or His respect.  So let me encourage you to never compromise on what you know is due Him because it will cost you. Be blessed and be faithfully committed to honoring our God, no matter the situation that you find yourself in.

Deuteronomy 1:2-3
(It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them.
Isaiah 42:8
“I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
1 Samuel 2:30
30 “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
Psalm 29:2
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;  worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.

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