Monday, April 25, 2011

After God's Own Heart

"Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the Word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD so the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse." 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

Saul died because of his unfaithfulness and lack of responsibility in a position of leadership. Humble at the beginning of his reign, he quickly became corrupted by pride and fear, and in the end, his potential was wasted. He was called and commissioned by God, but little by little he declined both in conduct and in character. He was disobedient to "the Word of the LORD". Because He neglected his relationship with the LORD and disregarded His commands, God's hand of favor was removed.

When life got difficult and Saul needed spiritual direction, he opted not to call on God who had called him into service. No longer being closely connected with the Lord he turned to a medium for guidance, and whenever one turns to any type of psychic or worldly counsel, destruction eventually follows. Saul turned away from the One who would have given him divine spiritual direction and he was put to death. The kingdom was handed over to David, a man after God's own heart.

This passage gives a somber warning to those called by God to act responsibly. Be careful to keep the Word of LORD, live by it daily, and seek God's direction in all things. Don't run ahead of Him. Don't turn away from Him. Walk with Him. Be a man or woman after God's own heart.

Lord Jesus, I want to walk humbly with my God and be a woman after Your own heart. I want to live my life according to Your Word. Help me Father to live for You alone. In Jesus's name, amen.

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