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12/01/2010

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Getting Rejected


"But Samuel said, 'What then is the bleating of sheep in my ears, and the lowing of oxen which I hear?' " (1 Sam. 15: 14)

Have you ever felt rejected? Perhaps it was a job that you did not get, even though you thought that you were qualified. The bottom line of that scenario is whether the person who is in charge of hiring thinks that you are qualified. Maybe there was just some criteria that you did not meet. Today's verse is Samuel's response to this remark by King Saul; "Blessed are you of the Lord! I have performed the commandment of the Lord" (V 13). When Saul was appointed as Israel's first king, everything looked rosy. Here was this tall handsome man of imposing physical presence. Not only that, we are told that he was humble and was reluctant to assume the position of king. Even before his formal coronation, he had been successful on the military front, as he delivered Jabesh Gilead from the hands of the Ammonites. With all of these wonderful traits, Saul had a few character flaws. He turned out to be rash both in words and actions, making vows and sacrifices when they should not have been made. The last straw was his disobedience to God, causing Samuel to remind him of the sheep and oxen that were not supposed to be there. It finally constrained Samuel to say; "I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king of Israel" (V 26).

What Saul had done wrong was uttered by Samuel in verse 22. "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice" However good one's intentions are, they are no substitute for obedience to the Lord. We must constantly strive to be within God's will. As we mature into Christianity, it should show. We ought to be reflecting Jesus in our words and our deeds. We should be adhering to His words. "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35) This verse is preceded by; "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." Though Saul might have thought that his actions were justified, they were not what God wanted and he was rejected as king. God accepts the worship and sacrifices of those who hear His words and obey...We do not want to be rejected....

Have a great day...Let His light shine in you.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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