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Trust In The Lord

February 24, 2015

1 Samuel 13:13-14

13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

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Good Morning Men!

This passage jumped out at me last night and I wanted to share it with you.

There is so much here in this chapter, but for application sake, we will keep it simple.

King Saul was given instructions by Samuel the priest and prophet of this time in verse 8. Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel.

However this waiting was taking too long, the troops were scattering and as a leader, Saul was losing his grip.

Have you ever been in a pressure type situation? When you know you are supposed to sit and wait on something, but the pressure keeps building, or the fear of losing out on something starts to surround you?

What is our normal reaction? We usually fold and take things into our own hands.

The problem with Saul, is that he was the King, held to a much higher standard. King Saul also knew exactly what he was doing by offering sacrifices. This was completely against the law of God. Only a priest was supposed to do that. God saw right through the wickedness of Saul, and therefore declared a harsh punishment through Samuel.

But was that final?

It did not have to be. There was not one bit of repentance, in Saul. All he did was make excuses and place blame. This was the beginning of the end for King Saul. This one chance to repent was rejected, and Saul never came back to the Lord. This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 12:9, were the Holy Spirit spoke to Paul and said “…My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 

In humility Saul could have allowed the strength of God to triumph. But he didn’t.

How is this applicable for us today?

1. We must trust in the Lord. Even when our little brains our telling us to take control.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

2. Be a Man of integrity. Don’t make excuses.

1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV

 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

3. Keep a soft and repentant heart. Be quick to accept wrong and seek forgiveness.

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

 

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One Comment
  1. Mike Sands permalink

    It is sometimes difficult to wait on the LORD, but His timing is always perfect, never to early, never to late. Always right on time.

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