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Click here for today’s reading: 1 Samuel 13; 1 Chronicles 2, 3; 2 Corinthians 12
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, April 12, 2018
1 Samuel 13:7-14 “Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. 11 “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” 13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
1 Chronicles 2 Israel’s sons and their lineage.
1 Chronicles 3 the sons of David and their lineage.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he [Jesus] said to me [Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Saul got impatient, albeit with good intentions, and it cost him. Instead of waiting for Samuel the prophet, for him to offer the sacrifice and inquire of the Lord, Saul just decided “felt compelled” to do it himself. “I can do it.” It was a foolish decision.
I wonder how often I get impatient, and instead of waiting on the Lord, I do it myself? I wonder what it has cost me along the way?
I love that Paul boasted in his weakness… “When I am weak, then I am strong.”
Lord, I want YOUR strength to be made perfect in MY weaknesses.