1 Samuel 14 & 15
Things are going downhill fast for Saul. God had judged the Amalekites for years of sin and idolatry. It was also another opportunity for Saul to demonstrate his obedience to God. Instead of taking God at His Word, Saul decided to do what seemed right to him.
After disobeying God’s direct command, notice how he greeted Samuel:
“Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, ‘Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD'” (v. 13).
Because he had obeyed part of what God said, he thought that was good enough! And notice, the first thing Saul did after his victory, was to set up a monument for himself (v. 12).
Proverbs tells us that every man will proclaim his own goodness:
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts (Prov. 21.2).
The Lord weighs the hearts. God knows our motives and He knew Saul’s, too.
And when he was confronted by Samuel for his disobedience, he immediately began blameshifting! First he blamed the people (v. 21), then he tried to say he took the forbidden spoil so he could sacrifice it to God (v. 21). And when he realized Samuel wasn’t buying it, instead of repenting, he only wanted to save face with the people:
“Then he said, ‘I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD your God'” (v. 30).
The question for us is how will we respond when we blow it? With brokenness because we realize we’ve sinned against a righteous and holy God? Or with worldly sorrow?
Worldly sorrow is sorry for the consequences that often result, but godly sorrow brings genuine repentance. It brings a change of attitude which results in a change of behavior.
Worldly sorrow causes us to want to save face like Saul and avoid the consequences. Genuine repentance is less concerned with the consequences and, instead, concerned with God’s glory. Let’s cultivate a hatred of our own sin and a willingness to truly repent over our sins.
The only sure refuge
Verse 1 includes the phrase, “in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge.” The only sure refuge, the one that never fails is God Himself. Economies may fail and governments may rise and fall. Nothing is a sure thing—not our money, not our jobs, not our youth, not our health, not our families—only God and God alone!
Upward path or downward spiral?
Verse 24 begins, “The way of life winds upward for the wise …”
We have a choice whether to be on the narrow path that winds upward or the downward spiral that can swiftly take us down to destruction and heartache.
Today is the day of salvation!
As John MacArthur pointed out, the only one who interrogated Jesus to whom he didn’t even respond was Herod. Herod had rejected the truth from John the Baptist and he wouldn’t have another opportunity. Hebrews 3.15, quoting an Old Testament passage says:
“Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Today is the day of salvation and no man knows if he will have another opportunity.
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