Day 95: God always wins (1 Sam. 25-29)

Posted: July 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” “I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.” Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has turned away from you and become your enemy? The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today. The LORD will hand over both Israel and you to the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also hand over the army of Israel to the Philistines. 1 Sam. 28: 15:19

The story of Saul is a stark reminder that there are dire consequences to living against the LORD. Saul repeatedly disobeyed God, sinning time and time again, in contradiction to what God tells him to do, and finally, God had had enough. His kingdom was no more, and Saul had to live with the consequences – more accurately, die with the consequences.

At this point, Saul is just beyond repair. His heart is hardened and dark. He is still pursuing David, even though he promised an oath that he wouldn’t ever do it again. God finally says, “Saul, enough is enough, it’s time for a change.” It’s really a shame too. Saul had such potential, but a series of terrible choices let him down the road of no return. He thought he could accomplish everything all by himself, not realizing that God was behind all of his successes. Saul became the focal point of his own life, taking all the glory and never giving any to God. He became a liar, a murderer and in the end, another example of what happens when you don’t listen to God.

At our youth group, we have a “three strikes, you’re out!” policy, meaning, you are given three warnings when we discipline for behavior, and after those three strikes, you are taken out for the night, or in extreme cases, suspended from the program. There are clear rules, and if they are not followed, there are dire consequences. The same rules apply to every child and they are expected to follow them if they are to remain a part of the program. It not only helps us maintain order, but it helps us limit distractions to other kids when it comes to giving the Gospel to the kids. If we allowed chaos, nothing would be achieved, no lessons would be learned and it would be a big waste of time.

In the bigger picture, God puts up with our antics in an infinitely more merciful way. Every day we stain our souls with sin. Thanks to Jesus however, we have the option to start with a clean slate when we approach the Throne for forgiveness. As a whole though, this world is a wicked place, and one day, the LORD’s patience will end, and give way to his wrath. God is patient and merciful and wants all to come to Him, but He also gave us a will, and we have to choose to follow Him. Eventually, enough will be enough, and God will assert His divine authority on the world that has rejected Him since the fall of man.

So what can we do? For one, we have hope and comfort in the fact that we believers will not be on the receiving end of His wrath in the end (although we are still subject to His discipline). But we also need to remember that although we are believers, we still fight against God, turn our backs on Him and forsake Him whenever we sin against Him. We also need to encourage believers who are struggling with their faith, helping them, loving them and lifting them up in prayer.

Don’t turn your back on God, and don’t fight against Him, because when it’s man against God, God always wins. There are some battles that just aren’t worth fighting.

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