Quiet Time with Jesus – OWL

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

O: Obey; W: Wait; L: Love;

There were a few pedestrians waiting for the traffic lights to change. As we waited, we could hear the sound of a boy continuously pressing the button … There were a few people waiting for the lift. As we waited, we could see a girl continuously pressing the button … A king couldn’t wait and offered sacrifice to God, knowing that he was not supposed to … As King Saul made the offering, Samuel arrived.

Do you think that King Saul’s infraction was minor?

Do you think that Samuel’s reaction was harsh?

Beth Moore: We must remember, Saul was king of God’s people. If you aspire to greater authority, you must accept the greater accountability that goes with it.

When confronted, Saul said that he “felt compelled to offer the burnt offering” (1 Samuel 13:12).

How often are we compelled by our own fear of public opinion, lack of trust in God, and attitude towards obedience?

How often do we deceive ourselves?

Saul had a clear command from God. He disobeyed, and it cost him the kingdom

When Samuel asked Saul, “Why did you not obey the LORD?” Saul answered, “But I did obey the LORD. I went on the mission the LORD assigned me …” But Samuel replied:

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has rejected you as king.
— 1 Samuel 15:22-23

Sometimes when we obey, we have to wait. And as we wait, we have to love. 

Sometimes it is difficult to love but we can, because we live in Christ and Christ lives in us. Amen!

We are His beloved Church. We are His beloved people. We are birthed by love, cleansed by love, made radiant by love, completely rooted in the love of Christ.

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:18). Let’s do it! 

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Kingdom Life: Follow the leading of the Lord; Listen to the Lord’s voice; Follow the way of the Lord. The Lord will guide us always. (Isaiah 58:11)