Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; (1 Corinthians 10:1 KJV)
The scripture begins in this chapter telling us not to be ignorant. It pointed to the examples of fathers in the scriptures who were under the cloud. This simply means they experienced God’s providence in the wilderness. The cloud came on them during the day to shield them from the heat of the wilderness so that they will not be consumed.
It can be likened to the modern day believer who knows God. He is born again. And he goes to church. He has the hand of God in his life, but then there comes a warning; you are not to be ignorant of what happened to others before you!
Let’s look at the nest verse.
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; (1 Corinthians 10:2 KJV)
This is a type of salvation. They were children of God. So they were born again.
Verse 3 says “And did all eat the same spiritual meat;”
He knows what it is to study God’s word. He knows what it is to get revelation from God’s word.
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV)
They partook of the anointing. They were filled with the Holy Ghost. They were good Christians.
With all these qualifications, you think all is well. Child of God, provided for by God, born again, enjoys the anointing….but then comes a serious and sober conclusion in the next verse!
But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. (1 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
I thought if I am born again, everything is just okay? I don’t need to bother myself with too many things, I just need to relax and stroll to heaven! But it doesn’t look like that here. Despite their spiritual experiences, God was not pleased!
Let’s take a look at The Message Translation for more insight.
But just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much––most of them were defeated by temptation during the hard times in the desert, and God was not pleased. (1 Corinthians 10:5 Message)
You see, hard times came while they were in the desert, but they were easily defeated by temptation despite the tremendous measure of grace they have seen and the wonders they have been exposed to. God didn’t like that!
Verse 6 further throws more insight. The next verses begin to highlight all the mistakes they made. It is good to know what mistakes they made so that I can guard myself against making such mistakes. This is important because the scripture says explicitly that all those things happened for our examples. I want to learn from their examples so that their mistakes will not be repeated.
No 1 Mistake
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
They lusted after evil. What does it mean to lust after evil? You see, if I know what it means to lust after evil; then I can guard myself against making the kind of mistakes they made. What does it mean to lust after evil?
Let’s take a look at the Message Translation.
The same thing could happen to us. We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as they did. (1 Corinthians 10:6 Message)
To lust after evil according to the Message Translation means they wanted their own way. They despised the wisdom of God. They decided to trust in their own wisdom. Aren’t we susceptible to such mistakes today?
How many times have tried to do things our own way only to come out crashing real hard? You see, God is not excited about such ventures. He wants you to trust Him.
Some of us would make statements like this: “I am a child of God and God is my father and He should lead me in all ways…but when it comes to relationship, God you have to allow me to do my own thing!” Sometimes we don’t say it, but our actions vocalize it. When we stubbornly stick to a guy who doesn’t love God. When we refuse to let go of a girl with whom we are entangled in Jericho trap. When we deliberately start to date a married man. We know those things are wrong, and yet we trample on His grace…that is exactly what it means to lust after evil. Lust has to do with desire. What are your desires? Are they lined up with God’s principles? Why are you dating that lady? What are your desires? Are they healthy?
Our love should be after God not lust after evil. This message is not to condemn us; God condemns no one. It is to warn us.
So I challenge you this morning, be on guard. Let your life please God. You can do it. By His Spirit, you can live right! May God grant you strength in your inner man to go after God’s way in Yahushua’s name, for therein lies true success!
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CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
My life will please God always
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord, open my eyes to see desires that are not of you
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. (1 Corinthians 10:1 Message)
ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY
Take a critical look at your desires and your motives and make sure they line up with God’s ways