King Saul fails to wait on the Lord (1 Samuel 13), gives foolish orders (1 Samuel 14), accuses the whole nation of disobedience (14:40), contradicts himself (14:45), and erects a monument to glorify himself (1 Samuel 15:12).
However it is not until he disobeys the commandment of God that His kingdom is removed from him, “for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel” (15:26).
Hindsight is 20/20. We wouldn’t have fared better in these circumstances. I know this because we aren’t doing much better right now! How often do fail to wait on the Lord? How often do we place unreasonable demands on our families, ourselves, even God? How many times have we contradicted ourselves this week, today, as we read this blog? Where do we consider ourselves in high regard and then show off for our own glory? What area in our life right now are we ‘sacrificing,’ justifying to the Lord and men that they are ‘good things?’
Is it tithing? Having a sabbath rest? Purity in our sex life? Anger? Envy? Pride?
We must realize how self-centered, selfish,and sinful we really are? Let us avoid insubordination and idolatry to the Soveriegn and Almighty God. Our only hope is to abide in truth. John 8:31 “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!”