1 SAMUEL 15:1-9


"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding."



The earlier verses of yesterday’s text describe Saul’s self-seeking attitude and his cowardice. His son, Jonathan, smote the garrison of the Philistines, yet he blew the trumpet and proclaimed that he himself did it. This may be understandable for he was the king. However, when the Philistines regathered with a greater number of men and chariots, he was shaken. And when the people of Israel retreated and hid themselves, he was filled with terror. His failure to acknowledge God caused him not to comply with Samuel’s instruction. Samuel appointed a time to go to Saul, which was seven days later. Several days passed and many of his men fled and hid themselves. Saul took upon himself to do that which God had not assigned him to do.

The instructions of the Word of God are clear and direct. They are given for us to keep and obey. They are not to be followed only when situations are favourable. They are to be observed even when things seem incongruent. They are not choices for us to pick and choose. They are absolute truths that every Christian must do.

We should pray for the Lord’s enablement to do whatsoever He commands us to do. We should ask for His grace to patiently wait when things do not turn out as expected. We should cry for His help in times when we are cornered and do not know what to do next. Our God is a loving Father who cares for His children. He sees our every move. He knows when is the best time to seize us when we stumble and fall. He knows what is ahead of our journey and prepares all that we require. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" (Prov 3:5).


THOUGHT: Am I obedient to God’s Word?
PRAYER: "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass" (Ps 37:3-5).