Rock Bottom

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 28:1-25

What a sad picture of how distorted our thinking can become when we intentionally turn from God. Saul has continued to follow his own ways and now finds himself facing a strong Philistine army. In his fear, he inquires of God but gets no response, and things go downhill rapidly from there. Saul turns to a medium or necromancer (someone who calls on spirits of the dead) so he can speak with Samuel. The message Samuel provides confirms what Saul already knows in his heart--that God has turned from him and that the kingdom will be David's. Samuel also puts forth that Israel will be defeated and that Saul and his sons will perish in the battle. (Yikes!)

Saul's response to this serious and distressing news is disheartening. Instead of crying out to God and asking for forgiveness, he accepts the news with an attitude of "it is what it is." In my eyes, this was rock bottom for Saul. In the most critical time he still chose not to submit or turn to God.

What does this account reveal about the blinding effect of sin? What did God impress on your heart as you took in this passage? Tami

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Again, the far-reaching effects of our persistence in rebelling against God stood out to me here. Jonathan is going to be a victim of Saul's sinfulness, at no fault of his own. We must remember that others are quite often affected by our actions.

One of the basics of being Christlike is humility. Anger, pride, arrogance and unwillingness to obey are all wrapped in here. A dangerous combination as Saul found out. I am so happy that Jesus bought redemption for us. Because so many of us would be destroyed just like Saul and his sons. Bless our God

As I pondered today's reading, God impressed on my heart the arrogance of Saul. Saul had many, many chances to repent. But instead, he carries on in his sin. He had already experienced living a godly life earlier, so he knew very well about repentance. But in his arrogance, his heart was hardened and rendered him unrepentant. I find this quite frightening to think about.

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