Much More

Ephraim, by Francesco Hayez
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2 Chronicles 25:7-9
7 But a man of God came to him and said, “O king, these troops from Israel must not march with you, for the LORD is not with Israel—not with any of the people of Ephraim. 8 Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.” 9 Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?”
The man of God replied, “The LORD can give you much more than that.”
Whatever we sacrifice to do God’s will, God will restore, with much more.  If we would only just put aside “our” desires, “our” plans, “our” needs and “our” works.  When we submit to the will of God, He will show our enemies that He is LORD.  When we submit to the will of the Father, even when it hurts our pride and even when our brothers & sisters look down on us as Job’s wife and friends did.  When we no longer hold on to the standards of this fallen world and no longer worship its idols.  God will do much more than you or the world could ever imagine.
Put aside your desires to have what the world thinks it has.  Just think of what God has made you to be? Think of what you use to be? Think of the unconditional love He has shown to you when no man would love you? Just think to when all you had was Him, when others turned their backs on you and mocked you.  Think of the anwsered prayers, think of the fact that our God is perfect and hates sin; yet we live to glorify Him.  He desires and wants to call us son and daugther.  He desires a relationship with us and we bite the hand that feeds us. We are sinful creatures, we should have been on the cross to pay for our sins. Yet the great love and grace of the all mighty God saved us.
Does not the love of God make you want to do his will?  He gave all for you regardless if you would accept Him.  Does a grandmother have to beg her grandchild to help her? So why does a perfect Father in heaven have to beg you to do His will? Why does the promise of material gain have to be used to bring you into His will?

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