The BIBLE states, “And king Saul said, THEREFORE SAID I, the Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I FORCED MYSELF THEREFORE, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel the Prophet said unto king Saul, THOU HAS DONE FOOLISHLY… Thou hath not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God…the Lord would have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever…but now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought Him another man after His own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou (king Saul) hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” (I Samuel 13:9b-14)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
What will disobedience cost us? It boils down to a very old saying, “I Think Therefore I Am.” Most individuals will admit, “I got my own mind and I don’t see things that way…so I‘m gonna do my own thing!” This process is broken into two steps:
(A) JUSTIFICATION: “I Think…Therefore I said…” Unfortunately, many of us are not operating under Divine Attributes such as GOD’S Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom which flows in the river of GOD’S Love, Grace, and Mercy. If you are not operating in GOD’S Divine attributes, you are operating in your own knowledge, understanding, wisdom and your conclusions are marred by prejudice because of the absence of Divine Attributes Love, Grace, and Mercy. We should obey the Lord GOD’S Commandments and Statutes. Instead, we don’t quite see the Word of God lining up to our personal desires and irrational decisions. Likewise, king Saul disobeyed GOD’S Word and lit the fire to the sacrifice because he was justified in his own mind.
(B) ACTION: “I forced Myself Therefore…to do this or that.” So, we make excuses and exceptions to the Golden Rules. Most of us are not wealthy, so let us reminisce. Go back to the time you little money and a little place to stay. Back then, we had a “fire” burning in our bellies for the Lord GOD because of our needs. Humbly, we thanked God for our food, job, a place to stay, and reasonable health and strength. NOW we have a little jingle and chump change in our pockets and we can eat out at restaurants, go to sport events, take in movies, and do this or that. Some of us (not all of you) don’t pray as often as we should. Likewise, king Saul’s actions were sparked by his decision to act upon his own justification. For this reason (knowing that he was not a priest), king Saul offered a sacrifice unto the Lord GOD; then, he ran out to salute Prophet Samuel (as if everything was peachy). Please note that king Saul’s disobedience cost his Kingship of Israel. In so many words, Prophet Samuel typed king Saul as a “fool.”
In the same way, we are fully relying on our own understanding to solve problems and situations. Because we can think, we have lost our zeal for the Lord GOD. Since we cannot physically see GOD, we discount GOD’S Divine presence from our lives until something tragic happens. At that point, we holler aloud as if Big Foot leaped down at us from a 275 feet Giant Sequoia Tree. Do not allow the opportunity (to serve the Lord GOD) pass you by and do not let it be said (concerning any of us), “…the Lord hath sought Him another man or woman after His own heart…”
Have a Blessed Day!