Thursday, October 28, 2021

Costly Disobedience

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1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV) “Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed".

In 1 Kings 13, the story of a young prophet was told, the Lord had given him a message to a king alongside certain instructions. He delivered the message but disobeyed the instructions. This cost him his life; he was killed by a lion, and he died before his prophecy was fulfilled.

Just like this prophet, many have shared their beautiful dreams and God-given visions with loved ones but didn't see them come to pass because they died. “Lord why?" This is the common question asked when such death occurs. Many would have asked the same question if the complete story of the young prophet weren't told, we wouldn't have known that his disobedience cost him his life.

From today's text, we saw how disobedience cost king Saul his dynasty, his life, and the lives of his family members eventually. This is how terrible disobedience is.

Usually, before a terrific accident, a calamity, or a failure happens, God gives his children instructions which are usually soft and gentle. He gives these warnings so that such calamities can be avoided. 

Some may even call all calamities the will of God. A popular scripture used is, “the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord" Job 1:21. But, we know however that, the death of the young prophet in 1 Kings 13 wasn't God's will, neither was the loss of Saul's dynasty. Both were products of disobedience.

Go into today learning to know, hear and obey the voice of God because obedience to God's voice saves from destruction.

Prayer: Father, I ask that you help me to always obey you, in Jesus' name. Amen.
— Dr. Emmanuel James

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