In 1 Samuel 15 we see Saul being given another opportunity to show himself right before the Lord. If we look closely we see Saul putting on a good face. He is disobedient (vs 9), a liar (vs 21) and argumentative (vs 16-25). Instead of confessing, he blames. Instead of being found right with the Lord, he desires to look good in front of the people (vs 30). He is only concerned with how he looks.
Last week I had the opportunity to hear from a pastor who humbly admitted to an anger issue in his life. It seems that his anger went unnoticed or ignored by himself for years. But then he was confronted with it and after many years of service he repented privately and publicly. He too could have kept a good face on, blamed others, and pointed fingers away from himself. What changed him? The willingness to be right with his God and to know that nothing hindered their relationship.
In Saul we are reminded that we, too, need to be more concerned with facing our God with clean hands rather than pleasing those around us. We see in a number of instances that Saul’s heart had rejected the Word of God.
As this pastor shared his story and continued his teaching he encouraged all of us to reflect. Reflect on motives. Reflect on actions. Reflect on our priorities and where our hearts are with Jesus.
I would like to encourage you to reflect too. We will be looking at God’s choice for a king – David- in the next chapter. As you reflect I would ask, “Is yours a heart that is after God’s heart?”
May it be that we would say “Yes!”
Kathy’s on staff at America’s Keswick in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday School and Bible Studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.