If you knew you only had one day left on this earth, what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you see? I watched the TV show "House" this past week - it is a rare occasion that I watch it, but my husband was watching it - and during the show a man was temporarily aroused from a coma and would only remain conscious for a couple of days. He chose to go to Atlantic City to gamble. That choice wouldn't make my list at all, but I thought it was interesting.
In 1 Samuel 28, I believe that Saul had this same dilemma. He was afraid of the Philistines (v5) once again because they were about to attack Israel. He tried to ask God what to do, but God wouldn't answer him (v6). So then, Saul decided to consult a medium to bring up Samuel's spirit from the dead so Samuel could tell him what to do. Saul was an interesting guy, huh? Saul was the epitomy of a person who has trouble waiting on God and loves to take matters into their own hands. Can anyone relate to this?
I thought it was interesting that the medium really did bring up Samuel's spirit because in vs 15-19 we are shown in the bible the conversation between Saul and the deceased Samuel. This wasn't a dream. And...this isn't a post about the spirit world either. Let's move on. Here's the bottom line of what Samuel told Saul:
1 Samuel 28:18-19 Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD, nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also deliver the army of the Israel into the hand of the Philistines. (NKJV)
There was Saul's crystal ball. All of his disobedience to God had finally taken its toll and the day of reckoning had come. (See fulfillment of this short-term prophecy in 1 Sam 31). Unfortunately, that day came upon his sons too. So in closing, I'll leave with a couple of my personal applications from the above passage.
TO THINK ABOUT:
1) In what area of my life am I currently being disobedient to God in some way?
2) If I could see into the future the impact my actions would have on myself and my loved ones, would I be more inclined to change?
Lord, please reveal to me those areas where I fail you. Show me the subtle ways that I unknowingly disobey you in my attitudes and actions because of deep-seeded behavior patterns and help me to see these things as You see them. Forgive me and cleanse me from this unrighteousness and lead me on to walk more fully in Your ways. Amen.