‘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?” Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord .’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.” And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people present with him, about six hundred men.’ I Samuel 13:9-15
Saul lost his peace, power, and position. (Kingdom)Saul wanted to offer God a burnt offering that would bring him peace; but the only thing that will bring lasting peace is obeying God.
Have you tried to bargain for God’s peace instead of trust God for the peace of His promise?
Is God asking you to do something like tithe, serve, invite someone to church, etc., but you have been afraid to do so? When we don’t obey God’s calling we lose our peace. Where do you need to obey instead of bargain with God
Prayer: “God forgive me for trying to buy and bargain for peace, help me to obey and enjoy your peace
today! In Jesus Name, Amen.”
P.S. Remember: Surrender is the Path to Peace.
Pastor of Journey Church. Business Owner of D&J Tire, D&J Custom Homes, D&J Autoplex and D&J Investments