Then God spoke to Samuel: “I’m sorry I ever made Saul king. He’s turned his back on me. He refuses to do what I tell him.” 1 Samuel 15:10-11
Could there be any sadder words than those spoken by God shortly after having Saul anointed king? Read the prayer prompt for this morning once again, slowly. Can you hear the disappointment in God’s voice? Can you tell how heartsick He is that the one he chose to favor above all the Hebrew nation turned out to be a betrayer?
Are we refusing to do what God tells us to do?
Sometimes we wander through this adventure we’re having with God with little conscious care for the things that matter to Him: Time with us. Intimacy with Him. A love that is proven through obedience. We miss out on divine blessings because of our careless attitudes, and we get God miffed when we “forget” what he told us to do, or worse yet, outright refuse.
1 Samuel 15, reminds us how angry the king’s response to God made the Prophet. The Bible says Samuel prayed his anger and disappointment all through the night, before going to hunt the king down (vs 11-12 MSG).
Yikes! I can’t imagine how those prayers must have energized Samuel’s resolve. How they must have fueled every word he spoke later, when he finally caught up with the king and rebuked him publicly. I hope I’m never the focus of those kinds of prayers, and I hope you never are either.
Today as we spend some time with God, let’s reaffirm to Him our willingness to do what he asks us to do. Easy, hard, or seemingly impossible, it doesn’t matter. Where God’s finger points, his hand always makes a way! We have no excuses. We can obey him! All we need to do it is a little bit of prayer to embolden us and a heart ready to faithfully serve. Today, let’s exercise both.
When have you been disappointed by a good friend? When have you disobeyed God?