Really ask yourself…
Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
I think most of us might readily say, yes I am obedient to God. We try to not hurt people and we try to live the right way every day, so for the most part many of us believe we are obedient to God.
In 1 Samuel 13, God rejects King Saul for his disobedience. Before you tune out and assume King Saul was so disobedient anyway, take time to read 1 Samuel 13 to see that King Saul actually thought he was doing the right thing. The Philistines were on the attack. A mighty army had been summoned by King Saul, yet the Philistines didn’t relent. King Saul stayed in Gilgal as instructed by the prophet Samuel for seven days. Samuel said he would return, but he had not. The Israelite army began to retreat due to fear of an attack. King Saul was now fearful. He had waited for Samuel but he was not there, thus – King Saul took matters into his own hands and offered a burnt offering and peace offering.
The burnt offering and peace offering that King Saul offered was against the laws of God, (Numbers 18 4-7) and also against Samuel’s instructions, (1 Samuel 10:8).
The pressure of the Philistines caused King Saul to act in disobedience to God. The burnt offering and peace offering was not a bad thing, but this ritual was limited to priests and prophets to which King Saul was not.
How often do you go in a different direction under pressure?
How often do you stop doing what God has asked you to do because it’s hard, uncomfortable, or taking too long – which results in your disobedience to God? And then you wonder why your life is not going so great.
Ladies, it’s hard. Trust me…I know it’s hard! But we risk living a life of disobedience when we do anything against God’s will for our lives. Don’t allow the pressures of this world to cause you to make a bad decision for you and your family and by doing so – live in disobedience.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding, Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba