Self-Reliant - Powered by 4 - June 6

Wednesday, June 6

Self-Reliant

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 13:1-23

Only two years into his reign as the first king of Israel, Saul's heart has turned lukewarm (if even that) for God. It's a different scenario than what we first saw of Saul in 1 Samuel 11. As Saul gathers men together to fight against the Philistines, we see no mention of him seeking God's counsel. And a short time later when the Philistines rally with a massive army, Saul chooses to rely on himself rather than turning to and trusting in God. He takes matters into his own hands by presenting a burnt offering that was only to be conducted by God's prophet, Samuel. It was a decision that would bring catastrophic consequences for Saul.

When or in what type of situations are you most tempted to take action without seeking God's guidance? What did you learn or see from this account about the importance of trusting in and waiting on God? What's one thing that helps you stay focused on God and submit to His timing? Tami

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