Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Going Without God

"...but Samuel said, 'What is this you have done?'  Saul replied, 'I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn't arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle.  So I said, 'The Philistines are ready to march against us, and I haven't even asked for the LORD's help!'  So I felt obliged to offer the burnt offering myself before you came'"
(1 Samuel 13:1-12).

King Saul knew the law.  At that time in Biblical history, there were specific people who were authorized to offer the burnt offerings.  He was not one of them.  He had no rights before God to go outside of God's law.  For Saul, this was a bad move.  It seemed ok at the time, but the motivation was completely selfish.  He didn't trust God to come through.  He didn't trust God's timing.  Saul, even hearing the word of the LORD started seeing the number of his men dwindling.  He was losing control, and felt justified enough to step out of God's will to regain control, even if he had to do it on his own.  Saul would find out soon enough that it's never a good idea to move ahead in the name of God when God is not a part of that move.

Haven't you ever felt like Saul?  I'm sure that you, just like most of us, have.  You've prayed, have had faith, and tried to wait on God to do "something."  And when it didn't happen, at least not according to what you had in mind, you stepped in.  In our thinking, "someone needed to!"  What we don't tend to realize is that when we step in and try to "help" God, we are actually turning away from Him, doubting Him, and going on without Him.  Never has that worked and never will it work.  We are called to depend upon Him, trust in Him, and wait for Him.  We can never do better on our own than we can with Him at the wheel.  He knows where we are, what we need, and how to supply.

Be encouraged today to stand firm in your trusting Him.  Don't forget, "trust" requires faith.  That means it's not always going to make sense!  If it did, it wouldn't require faith!  Let God be God.  Go in the direction that He is leading.  Refuse the temptation to do anything or to go anywhere that is contrary to the will, purpose, and plan of God.


JoelStorm said...
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JoelStorm said...

This was highly needed...