TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
1 Samuel 13:8-14
"… Cursed be the man that trusteth in man
…whose heart departeth from the LORD."
MAN OVER GOD?
The elders of Israel demanded for a king like all the other nations around them (1 Sam 8:4-5). "And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them" (1 Sam 8:7). The prophet Samuel warned the people of the consequences if they continued to desire a king. Nevertheless, the people did not listen to him. The LORD then gave them a new king, Saul.
Saul’s rule was to weld the tribes into a nation, but it did not materialize. Instead he apostatized. Saul lost the kingdom in two stages: The first occurred when he wrongly offered a sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel in 1 Samuel 13:8-14, and more decisively, in 1 Samuel 15, when Saul was charged with carrying out the "ban" on Amalek, he disobeyed God.
How many times have we preferred man rather than God? Why do we rather hastily run to man for help in times of our troubles? We give credence to man’s work and give them special honour. Why do we rather magnify the arm of flesh as the cause of our successes? We show greater affection to man, devoting our loyalty to them. Why do we rather hearken to man’s counsels in times when we are confused? We prefer the words of man, submitting ourselves to their whims and wishes. Why do we not honour our Lord? How should we show our affection to God? How do we surrender our will to Him?
"Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (1 Chron 16:28-29).
THOUGHT: Am I trusting man over God?
PRAYER: "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes" (Ps 118:8-9).