I Chronicles 10 — 13So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 14He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.
Amos 6 — 4“Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory
and stretch themselves out on their couches,
Luke 1 — 50And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
Hebrews 12 — 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
Merciful, just, loving, unchanging, consuming.
To begin to comprehend the depth of each of these attributes alone in God could take an eternity. As we look clearly at His word, we can revel forever in Him, but we cannot help but respond as we read.
Saul did not spend time meditating in God’s direction. He didn’t seek God. He went elsewhere. And, he paid a dear price for that arrogance.
Consulting God requires submission. You can ask anything you want of a medium and you don’t owe them anything. They may share an insight, but they have no power. When you come to God, you surrender to His direction. He didn’t pass along His Word just for us to take what we want, believe when we want, follow how we want, think what we want. It’s all or nothing.
Saul fell into the temptation of stretching out in his cushy king life and clearing his own trail. An easy temptation, no matter your station in life.
God’s mercy is new every morning when we willingly surrender to His way instead of our own.
Lord, thank you for your gracious forgiveness and your neverending mercy. Lord, help me not to be complacent or to seek wisdom apart from yours. Continue to grow in me a grateful heart for all You have done for me and in me. ~In Jesus Name Amen