A MAN AFTER GOD'S HEART
Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 13
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 13:13-14
And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you."
Understanding and obeying God's Word is of eternal importance. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall never pass away" (Matthew 24:35). God's Word is forever! God's Word has the power to do good, to heal, bring judgment, and to save. The Word is like the laws of nature. King Saul failed to obey what he knew were God's instructions, and now he must suffer the consequences.
God would choose another King who would be careful to obey both the letter and the spirit of the instructions he received. By believing and doing God's Word, we, like David, who is yet to come onto the scene, will experience the blessing of God. David would keep God's Word and the result was that he became the father of an eternal dynasty through his Descendant, Jesus Christ.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, we pray that You'll help us to wait for You. Our natural tendency, like Saul, is to be impatient and to run ahead of You, but may we have Your supernatural grace to do what is right, knowing we can always count on Your timing. Amen!
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