DATE POSTED Saturday, 2021-10-23
WRITTEN AT: Kissimmee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Samuel 15:17-19
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)
BIBLE TEXT: 17 Samuel continued, “You may not think you’re very important, but the Lord chose you to be king, and you are in charge of the tribes of Israel. 18 When the Lord sent you on this mission, he told you to wipe out those worthless Amalekites. 19 Why didn’t you listen to the Lord? Why did you keep the animals and make him angry?”
APPLICATION: Too often we see people for who they were, and not for what they have become ‘in Christ’. But just as critical, some folk will seek to follow Christ, while still opting to live life in its old form. It often irks me to hear friends say that in Christ they have new freedoms to do as they want and remain saved by our wonderful Lord. Less we live under false doctrines, I must mention that yes, Jesus will never allow His children to be snatched from His hand once He receives us as His very own. However, why do we want to be His child? Isn’t it because He made an awesome sacrifice so that we could be saved? Are we not filled with deep appreciation for that sacrifice, and will endeavor to do whatever He commands? So as in the case of Saul in today’s Scripture, why would we still want to do our ‘own thing’? Did Jesus not pull us from the sin that once burdened us and accepted us into His kingdom? Why would we want to leave His love, His protection, and His care for our future in Heaven to return to the sin of this world and self gratification? I believe it is very obvious in the Scripture that Saul felt like he was pleasing Samuel, and that it was Samuel’s God that he served. Notice the words used in Scripture. But today I feel like we should see the unfortunate results of Saul’s non-committal to the Almighty God. He went into battle like God told him to do, but as soon as he felt like he was winning the battle, he suddenly took on a very prideful attitude and did what he very well pleased. Yes, God gave Saul his very own self will and the brains to decide on what he felt was right or wrong, BUT that will never trump obedience to the Almighty God. Perhaps today you are doing your best to be a child of God, but you still want to please your mom, your pastor, your boss or your best friend. In God’s Word He tells us ‘Choose you this day who you will serve’. When you accepted Jesus as Lord, and surrendered your will to His, did you mean it? Did you give Him the reins of your life? If so, please read His Book of Instruction and follow His perfect will for your life. He has your best interest at heart, while seeking to win the lost that you come into contact with. Don’t confuse your friends, let them see God, and God alone. Saul lost the crown because of his selfish pride, please don’t allow your pride to overrule your decisions. Trust God!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God will make a way for us when there seems to be no way. But God wants your obedience to His perfect will for you. Obey Him and Him alone.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for showing us through the life of Saul how important it is to follow Your instruction – precisely. When we mix in our own opinions with Your instructions, we are doubting Your wisdom and Your power. You delivered those of us who have accepted You as Lord, into Your kingdom and given us full instructions on what to do after our decision to follow You. Please Lord, help us to put our selfish desires and prideful will aside and just listen and obey. For those who will read this devotional and have not accepted You as Lord, please soften their hearts today and show them the way to eternal life, so that one day soon we can all celebrate around Your throne in Heaven. Lord, we surrender all to You. Have thine own way in us, for Your kingdom’s sake. AMEN!
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