Pressure has become a regular part of life today. It seems as if everyone wants something of us or expects us to do something. As a result, we are often forced to choose between surrendering to the pressure of others and doing the will of God. Spiritual renewal and growth take place when we choose to obey God before we surrender to anyone else's expectations.
At Saul's coronation, the prophet Samuel exhorted him to obey God ( 1 Samuel 12:14).But Saul allowed his men to pressure him to disobey God's commands. Israel was at war. In the midst of battle, it was customery to have a priest offer sacrifices. Samuel had promised Saul that he would come at an appointed time to do this. Saul waited for a while but begam to feel pressured because his troops were leaving him. He knew that it was against God's lawfor him to offer the sacrifices because he was not a priest. But Saul decided he could not take the pressure any longer, so he offered the sacrifices himself.
Just as Saul finished his sacrifice, Samuel arrived. "How foolish!" Samuel exclaimed. 'You have disobeyed the command of the Lordyour God. Had you obeyed, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your dynasty must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart'" (1 Samuel 13:13-14). If Saul had waited just one more hour, he would have kept his kingdom.
Surrendering to God means that we resist surrendering to those who pressure us to disobey His commands. When we surrender to ungodly pressure, we pay dire consequences.When we surrender to God, we benefit, and our family benefits for generations to come.
1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Letter # 27 (11. 7. 2010)