1 Samuel 28:6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
Ever play follow the leader? You were to follow right behind and do what the person in front of you is doing. The person in the very front makes up what is supposed to be done for the entire group. Imagine that you were in the middle of the line and you kept jumping out of line, doing your own thing, and not following what the leaders before you were doing. All the people who were behind you did what you had done and not what the leaders who were before you were doing. However, their disobedience was because of you, not the real leader. Suddenly, the one leading just stops. No movement at all. Now what? You say, “Ok, I will do what you say.” However, the leader refuses to move. Not left, right, forward, or back. You yell, “OK I will do what you do,” but the leader seems not to listen. The leader is still there and can hear you. Still, you cannot make them respond because you have disrupted too many times and they will not move.
That is somewhat how things were with Saul. He had been disobedient so many times, God finally said, I am not listening to you or responding to you anymore. What a terrible feeling this must have been for someone like King Saul who relied on God’s direction for success in leadership.
It is the same in our lives today. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” God will often not listen until we repent from sin and ask for forgiveness. He can hear us but will refuse to respond until we begin to obey. What a terrible place to be in for someone like you and I who rely on God’s direction for success in life and for those who are following behind us.
In 1 John 1:9 it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We need to ask God to forgive us of anything that might stand between us and Him. Then we can let God lead again.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 28, 29 / Psalm 115 / Proverbs 19 / Acts 22
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Kings 1-2 / John 4:1-39
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