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Coming in contact with God and being obedient to HIM

Introduction

In the Bible, we read about persons who came in contact with God.  Moses met HIM in the burning bush (Exodus 3: 1- 4) and on Mount Sinai when He called to him (Moses) from the midst of the clouds (Exodus 24: 15- 18), among other places and times. Samuel was called by God when he was a young boy (1 Samuel 3: 1 – 13) and in the Book of Daniel (Daniel 5: 1 – 6) King Belshazzar met him in the writing on the wall. Adam and Eve heard the sound of the Lord God Walking in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8).  He approaches all of us and our situations differently but when we come in contact with HIM, we will know it’s HIM. 

Some have heard the voice of God and responded with submission while others decided to do their own thing (like Jonah who was swallowed by a big fish), which 10 out of 10 times does not go in their favor. When we were children and we were disciplined by our parents, it was almost always the direct result of our disobedience, so if our earthly parents think it’s right to correct us, who are we to think God shouldn’t? As the Bible states in Proverbs 3: 12 “ The Lord loves those he corrects, just like a father who treats his son with favor.” (CEB)

As adults, with a multiplicity of letters representing qualifications behind our names, some of us think that we know it all. We believe that our logic and reasoning are far superior to God. From my experience, I have come to realize that I know NOTHING (in spite of all the books I have read and the documentaries I have watched).  I have to listen to my Heavenly Father’s instructions to function.

King Saul’s story of disobedience

In the book of 1 Samuel Chapter 15: 1 – 3, we encounter King Saul who was given specific instructions from God through the Prophet Samuel to destroy the Amalekites.

Being the Head of State, King Saul exercised his “position power” and did his own thing, disobeying the instructions given by God through Samuel (1 Samuel 15: 8 – 9). He kept Agag King of the Amalekites alive and spared the best of the sheep, cattle, fat calves, and everything that was good.  King Saul’s actions made God regret making him King, as he did not carry out HIS instructions (1 Samuel 15: 10-11), and when the word of the Lord came to Samuel about the issue he was angry and cried out to the Lord all that night. 

King Saul justified his disobedience by informing Samuel that “…..they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God,…..” 1 Samuel 15: 15 (NIV). After Samuel listened to King Saul’s speech, he gave him the results from his “obedience examination” recorded in 1 Samuel 15: 22 – 23. After King Saul’s disobedience and rejection, God sent Samuel to anoint a new King named David.  (1 Samuel 16:13)

King Saul’s life after being rejected by God 

In the dry season like summer, it’s hot, the earth is parched and we are miserable, and thirsty and have to hydrate with water and other liquids to remain healthy. After God’s rejection, King Saul was in a perpetual summer season, as he lost his connection to the HOLY power (life) source. I guess, he came to the realization that he had no power and knew NOTHING. In 1 Samuel 28: 5 – 6, it states that 5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. 6 He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.”  (NIV)

My understanding and conclusion on the matter

  • I must remain humble and be obedient like a child to God’s instructions which are laid out in HIS Holy Bible and the messages delivered from God through the Ministers of the Gospel.
  • My knowledge is limited (in spite of all my research and qualifications) and living my life without God is like living in a dry and hot desert without water. 
  • I can’t escape from God’s presence as King David stated in Psalm 139: 7 -12.  
  • A life without God’s protection and instructions is very nerve-racking, as I can’t face life and its difficulties without the Author of my life story. 

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