Devotion – 27 May 2020
1 Sam 31 – THE COST OF DISOBEDIENCE
In this last chapter of 1 Samuel, we read about the death of King Saul and his three sons who were killed in battle with the Philistines. Initially, Saul’s life started very well, but sad to say, it ended horribly. How did it happen that way? He disobeyed God and did not follow His instructions and this has severe consequences. Because of his disobedience, he no longer had the Lord’s protection. And in 1 Sam 15:26, it says because Saul has rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord has rejected him as king over Israel.
Saul’s disobedience does not just affect him alone but there are consequences for everyone around him. In 1 Sam 31:7, it states, “When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.” Saul’s death and the army’s defeat tragically impacted the nation. His sin, disobedience, and eventual ruin affected far more than himself and even his immediate family. It literally endangered the entire nation of Israel.
Saul was the Lord’s anointed. He was chosen by the Lord to be the king for the Israelites.
But rather than trusting that God knew best, his self-image took first place in his heart. Even though he is dying, he still did not repent. He did not seek the Lord at that very last minute. He lost everything by losing sight of the only thing that mattered: his relationship with the one true God. He could have ended well – If only he would have taken sin more seriously, and repent before it gotten worse. If only he could have been more concerned with what God thinks rather than what man thinks about him. If only……
As believers, we have the Holy Spirit within us to guide us into all truth. But when we refuse to obey and consult the Lord, and are determined to go our own way, the Lord will let us face the consequences until we finally repent and turn back to Him.
Disobedience is always costly when we do not do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time. God has a plan and a purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). He wants to do a great work with us. We need to stay on the right track and not destroy all that God is trying to build in our lives. Let us trust and obey Him.
Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me that disobedience is a form of rebellion towards You. Forgive me if I have been disobedient to You in any way or in any form. Grant me the divine strength to withstand any temptation that deliberately wants to draw me away from You. Be my guide, teach me and help me to be obedient to Your Word.
In Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Amen.