Surrender to God’s Purposes
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:17-18a
The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors–to David. Because you did not obey the Lord
Note the fatal words given to King Saul by the prophet Samuel: “because you did not obey the Lord.” Saul had disobeyed a purpose of God – a plan revealed to King Saul. Saul had compromised and only obeyed halfway. Halfway is really “no way” when it comes to being obedient to the plans and purposes God reveals to us! God punished King Saul by taking the kingdom from him and ending his life on earth. In this chapter, we are told that the king would be with God in eternity but had lost God’s blessings on earth! (1 Samuel 28:19).
When you are being tempted to do wrong and walk away from what you know God wants for you, you are relinquishing blessings that He intended for you. All of us face the battles of our flesh…wanting sinful pleasures that we know are outside of God’s purposes for us. During the heat of these battles, we must remember to ask: Am I willing to lose the blessings of God? God took King Saul’s kingdom from him…what might God be forced to take from you?
Another Old Testament prophet, named Jeremiah, lets us know that God has plans drawn up for our lives. These plans will prosper us – not harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). Yet, we can forfeit these plans by not surrendering, each day, to the purposes of God for our lives. The devil will do his best to paint beautiful pictures of how wonderful life can be by doing what “feels good” now. He never reminds us of the truth that he is aware of, that ignoring God’s plans will result in loss of God’s blessings that feel good forever!
Father, I surrender to your plans and purposes for my life today. When the devil confronts me with substitutes, grant me wisdom to see through those and remain faithful to you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.