Powered by 4 - June 25, 2015

Turning Back

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 16:14-23

After receiving the message that God has rejected him as king (1 Samuel 15), Saul doesn't truly repent. And because of Saul's turning away from God, when we reach 1 Samuel 16:14-23 we see that the Spirit of the Lord has departed from Saul, and as a result, he is mentally and emotionally distressed.

The solution to Saul's problem seems so obvious--he needs to turn back to God and seek His forgiveness. But that's not what we see. Instead, Saul's servants suggest bringing in David so that he can play music that will make Saul feel better. Unfortunately, Saul chooses to proceed with that suggestion with no apparent consideration of seeking God's forgiveness.

What does Saul's situation show us about choosing our ways over God's, having an unrepentant heart and living with unconfessed sin? After reading this passage, how important is it for you to have godly-minded friends? Tami

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