King Saul had reigned over Israel for two years. Then, his son, Jonathan, defeated the Philistines at Geba, causing the Philistines to muster a large army of thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen and troops to face Israel at Michmash.
The men of Israel looked at the strength of the Philistines. Many turned and ran away in fear, hiding in caves and fleeing across the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.
The prophet Samuel had told King Saul to wait seven days and not do anything until the prophet arrived in the camp of Israel to offer sacrifices to the Lord.
The waiting on God and watching his army dwindle day by day finally overwhelmed King Saul. He decided to take the matter into his own hands. “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings,” said Saul.
As soon as the sacrifices were offered, Samuel showed up. “What have you done?” asked Samuel.
King Saul offered his list of excuses to the prophet, but failed to mention one important point:
“You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you…” (1 Samuel 13:13 NLT)
His failure to obey God caused King Saul’s royal lineage to be aborted forever. Thus, God raised up David, who was a man “after God’s own heart.”
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that You raise up leaders in America who are willing to do all of Your will for their generations and who will overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimonies, not loving their lives even when faced with death. (Based on Acts 13:36 and Revelation 12:11)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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