Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 11:2, ” And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, ‘On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I may gouge out all your right eyes, and bring disgrace on all Israel.’ “
In the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , Captain James T. Kirk, now an Admiral and retired from active duty, is inspecting the new crew of his former ship, the Enterprise , and decides to have them take the ship out for a test run. While on their journey, they are called into action to investigate an incident on a science station in a remote quadrant of space. Eventually, Kirk learns that a mad genius named Khan has attacked the station and is in pursuit of the Admiral to avenge himself of the punishment he received at the hands of Kirk many years ago. After Khan acquires a sister ship, he attacks the Enterprise and prepares to destroy Kirk and all on board. But after Kirk pleads for his crew’s safety, Khan proposes a counter-offer, requesting information about the research being done on the science station that he attacked. But before Kirk agrees to Khan’s proposal, he asks him, ” How do we know you’ll keep your word? ” And Khan replies, ” Oh, I have given you no word to keep, Admiral. In my judgment, you simply have no alternative. ” That’s a harsh word from a man who appears to be holding all the cards.
You and I, as products of this American culture, do not generally take to ultimatums too fondly. We bow up when we sense an ” or else ” situation presenting itself. We’re more inclined to go down in flames, just as long as it’s on our own terms. But at the other end of the spectrum, or so we think, is God’s grace and mercy. He doesn’t force us, at least not yet, and so we can tend to put things off or leave them for someone else to do. So why doesn’t His grace compel you if His ultimatums would repel? It boils down to selfishness, does it not? We hide it under family, schedules, fear, lack of resources, or any other legitimate-sounding reason. God is gracious, but He’s not dumb. He knows the deal. But even more, He loves you, unconditionally. Shouldn’t that compel you? Hasn’t He done enough to convince you that He has given you His word to keep?
As we seek Him today, thank God for the chance to freely seek and serve Him. Worship him with all your heart, and see how your day unfolds.