Today’s Devotional Message
Text: Isaiah 55:6-8
By: Isaac O. Agbenla
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon Him while he is near
The Second example of those who may experience difficulty in finding God are those that have turned their heart from the Lord.
A good example of someone in this category is Saul the king. In 1 Sam. 28:6, the Bible says:
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by Prophet.
God warned Saul before he lost the relationship with God. After God made him king, he forgot God by walking in disobedience to his word. He mocked God through disobedience and God mocked him through silence in the day of adversity.
God won the first battle for him yet he chose to walk in disobedience to his greatest ally. When the next battle in preceding verse confronted him, he was greatly terrified and called upon the Lord but God was silent.
When a man turns his heart away from the Lord willfully, there is nothing left for such a man because without God, we can do nothing –John 15:5. Many people once loved the Lord but later decided to go back to serve the devil and become slave to sin again. They were once enlightened but later returned back to their vomit and become entangled to same old life they left –Heb. 6:4-10
Beloved, the worst thing that can happen to a man is to waste the grace of God once bestowed upon him or her. We must ask ourselves, where is my first love for God? Paul said of Demas, “Demas has forsaken me, because of the love of the world”. 2Tim.4:10.
Many today are in that category, once saved but now back to immorality for financial gains. Many resulted to fetish power for material possession and to win contracts. They are the Demas of this world.
What was the offense of Saul? It is simply the love of the world gains and the pride of life. He loves the fat sheep and oxen and also want to please the people instead of obeying the Lord. Who is more important in your life? The people or God?
In 1 Sam. 15:3, God told Saul to Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites and all that they have and spare them not but to slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ASS. He did and won but he disobeyed the Lord by sparing Agag, the best of the sheep, oxen, fatlings, lamps and all that was good.
In Sam. 15:24, Saul finally lost the throne when he confessed his feared the people and listened to their voices against the will of God.
Beloved, if you are rejected by man, it is not over because God has final say but if God rejects a man, it is the end.
Obedience is better than Sacrifice.