DAY 4: God Rejects Saul as King
God’s Word is clear in saying that one day, each and every one of us will give an account for our actions (see Romans 14:12, Revelation 22:12). This isn’t because God wants to shame us, but is more so that God can reveal to us just how much our own ungodly choices impacted our relationship with Him and others.
In 1 Samuel 15:22, we read a line that is quoted many, many other times throughout the Bible: “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” God is more interested in us trusting and obeying Him than He is interested in sacrifices. He doesn’t need anything we can offer. We make sacrifices as an act of love and obedience. But when those sacrifices are hollow, they’re meaningless to God. They’re nothing more than lip service without real trust.
For Saul’s disobedience, he will lose the title of ‘king.’ The LASB notes, “God wasn’t rejecting Saul as a person; the king could still seek forgiveness and restore his relationship with God, but it was too late to get his kingdom back.”
As you read today, consider this: Be honest: is there an area of your life in which you’re paying lip service to God?
READING & JOURNALING:
Saul said that he wanted what God wanted, but his actions showed otherwise. Be honest: Is there an area of your life in which you’re paying lip service to God? An area in which you may say you’re fully trusting God, but your actions show differently?
Take the opportunity to write out a personal prayer to God, acknowledging your lack of trust in this area. Ask God’s forgiveness, and pray for wisdom in how you can be intentional to grow in this area of your life.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 15
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Today’s prayer is to be written on your own (see above).