Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, February 12th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 3)
The Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude...then the people hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits...

As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, 'Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.' And he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him.

And Samuel said, 'What have you done?'
1 Samuel 13:5-11 (NKJV)
Sarah desperately wanted a child. Esau desperately wanted some food. Jacob desperately wanted favor.

In their exodus, God's children desperately complained. After the judges, they desperately wanted a king. When foes assembled, Saul desperately wanted to move.

Desperation is an urgency born of hopelessness. When taken to God, desperation begs His attention, and divine intercession can turn hopelessness to hope. Again and again, David uttered desperate prayers. Again and again, he was saved in dire circumstances.

When taken to men, desperation invites disaster. Such is the story of Saul's first mistake. When the Philistines came in vast numbers, Saul was afraid of invading armies. He was afraid of his men taking flight. He was more afraid of what men could do... than standing in faith of what God would do.

When the prophet Samuel made Saul wait, when every day seemed an eternity, Saul rushed ahead, overstepping God's will.* Therein, desperation ordered his steps.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Taking our desperation to God (instead of men) is a tall order. Another is waiting on His moves and not running around unguided--like missiles without navigation, bringing harm to ourselves and others.

Surely, God cast you to be movers: stars rising throughout entertainment. Surely, the devil will attack you, and some of your kin may run away. But don't lose your mind and copy Saul. Instead, lose yourself and wait on God. The time of your victory will come.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: Why did God reject Saul as king for making one small mistake? (Saul made many more mistakes than one, but this is a good article.)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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