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--a life or death situation--he still chooses not to repent, 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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Just as Samson learned sin binds blinds and eventually grinds us up!

You are so right, Tami a sad picture indeed of how distorted my thinking can become when I intentionally turn from God. Just like Saul who had repeatedly not repented of his sin and turn from his
own evil way.

Blinding effects of sins is that I cannot see how my sins are a death sentences toward my relationship to God. This causes me to pause and think how dangerous it is to harbor sins that I have not repented of in my life.

These following verses in God's Word tells us what sin will lead to if we do not repent and come back to a right relationship with God.

Isaiah 59:2 - But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,the Lord will not hear me.

There are consequences when I do not repent of my sins,but seek out other gods ( myself,my will or I would hope that I NEVER hit rock bottom to seek out a medium!!).

When we sin,it hurts others as we seen in this passage in I Samuel 28. Jonathan is killed as indirect result of Saul's sin.

I want to praise the Lord today, that we finally got our computer fixed. I sure missed the lesson,but was blessed to read them now and also the comment that was a blessing to me too!

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