Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
To get the full context, read 1 Samuel 15.
"10 The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” 17b The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the Lord?” 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”
Why did the Lord regret making Saul king (10)?
What had Saul done (19, 23)?
What did Saul’s disobedience cost him (23)?
King Saul sought God’s blessing, but he didn’t seek God nor did do all that God asked Him to do. He did the part that he wanted to do. To get God’s blessings, we need to ask God, seek His presence, and follow His plans.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
In what ways are you justifying partial obedience to God’s Word?
How have you sought God’s blessing while neglecting your time with Him?
What one thing will you do today to seek God’s presence?
Father, thank you for Your Word. The stories in it help me to see my own actions. Forgive me for choosing what I want to obey and not obeying You fully. Help me to seek You and Your plans, and then follow-through on them. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on.
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16
"But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands." Isaiah 32:8
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33
Posted on Wed, January 21, 2015
by Sam Petitfils