You Cannot Negotiate with God
Maybe it would be better to say, you should not try to negotiate, because you will never get the positive result you had been seeking! The Lord of Hosts says; “I am the Lord, I do not change;” – Malachi 3:6
You may change, and probably will change, but God says; “I am the Lord, I do not change.” Yes, but what if ….. I Am The Lord, I Do Not Change! But, but, but, “I AM THE LORD, I DO NOT CHANGE!!!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning!” – James 1:17
When you try to Negotiate with God you will not get exactly what you desire, in the same way, or expect the same Outcome, because He says, I am the Lord, I do not change! It doesn’t mean He doesn’t love you or that He won’t help you, it’s just as you change, He doesn’t! There is no negotiation.
Moses, Balaam, Jonah
Case 1 – After the escape from Egypt, Moses was in the desert with the Israelites who were complaining about the lack of water. God told Moses to SPEAK to a rock and water would come out. But instead Moses got angry at the people and STRUCK the rock in anger.
Result: Because Moses didn’t do this one simple thing, God asked him to do, he never got the reward – coming into the land, God Promised!
Case 2 – Balak the leader of the Midian sent princes to Balaam, asking Balaam to come and curse the Israelites as they peacefully wanted to pass through Midian’s land. But Balak was afraid of them. So Balaam said, I’ll ask God. “And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” – Numbers 22:12
But Balak continued to ask, offering Balaam lots of money and prestige. So, eventually, God allowed Balaam to go with Balak. Even his donkey showed him it was wrong. Eventually Balaam was killed by the Israelites. Why? Because he didn’t follow God’s direction, 100%.
Case 3 – God told Jonah to go to Nineveh in Iraq and tell them their wickedness has come to HIS attention. Jonah, “a big chicken” like most of us, decided to flee and got aboard a ship toward the opposite direction of Nineveh.
You probably know the story: the ship’s crew threw him in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, got swallowed by a great fish (not a whale which is a mammal) and spent 3 days and nights there, and was eventually “puked” up on the beach looking and smelling really horribly. Finally, he did what God had asked him to do in the first place.
Instead of trying to negotiate with God, wouldn’t Jonah, Balaam and Moses have been better off doing precisely what God said to do in the first place?
How about You? Do you try to NEGOTIATE with God? Remember, He always loves you, but The Lord of Hosts says; “I am the Lord, I do not change!”