Is God directing? Or are you just uncomfortable?

Throughout our lives we will feel uncomfortable with the way things are. Seeing how something needs doing and nobody’s doing it can really wreak havoc in our minds. Tension can grow and we can find ourselves with the urge to act in a way that God is not leading us.

Such was the situation with King Saul in 1 Samuel 13. At this time the Israelites were in the middle of a military conflict with the Philistines. The people were scared and the prophet Samuel had not come to make an offering to God yet. The people literally scattered and were hiding.

The Bible tells us that they were hiding “in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.” Literally anywhere they could hide, they were hiding.

Imagine King Saul. He’s King! He’s responsible for these people. He wants to lead them to victory to protect their homes, but Samuel needs to offer a sacrifice to God and ask God for direction.

Samuel isn’t there.

In verse 8 we find that Samuel said he would be there in 7 days, but he hadn’t come. In the end, Saul made the offering, and Samuel arrived as soon as he was done.

Saul didn’t wait for God’s timing or God’s direction. As a result he lost many opportunities to serve God and he found himself in disobedience.

Saul tried to do a good thing for a good reason, but he failed to trust God- the most important part. If Saul had walked in faith, he would have not been so anxious to make a sacrifice without the man of God.

I challenge you, if you find yourself uncomfortable because of a situation in your life, pray for God’s direction. God wants us to walk in faith. God wants us to trust Him! If we are reacting in fear, we are in sin. It doesn’t matter how “good” the thing is. It doesn’t matter how “good” our intentions are. What matters is our complete trust and total surrender to His will!

“Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Romans 14:23

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So it was a very great trembling

Do you ever fall short of complete victory in your life? It would seem that no matter how hard you fight, you keep loosing your battle. God wants us to live a victorious life. He wants us to succeed. In order for us to win our battles, we must step out in faith that He is willing to work the victory through us.

In 1 Samuel chapter 16 we find an account of a a battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. 1 Samuel 14:6 tells us how it began, “And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for

there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” Jonathan had faith that God could work the victory through them. Jonathan knew that God had the power to give victory. With that faith, Jonathan and one other guy took on an entire garrison.

In a later verse we find that Jonathan and his armorbearor killed about 20 men, I’m sure they could have easily kept going, but the circumstances change. In verse 15 we find, “There was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.” Did you catch that? The Philisines were so scared that they were shaking. And they were shaking so much that the earth began to shake!

In verse 16 we find that the Philistines were fleeing the battle and killing each other! King Saul learns of this and then he joins in fighting the Philistines. Other Israelites who had been cowering in fear joined in! And verse 23 says, “So the LORD saved Israel that day.”

I would like to challenge you, step out in faith in your spiritual battles. I don’t know what sin or shortcoming you need deliverance from, but whatever it is, trust God that He can give you the victory. Believe what He says. Just like Jonathan and his armorbearor stepped out in faith, you can step out in faith. You can gain victory over any sin or downfall in your life. Just like Jonathan’s victory encouraged others, your victory may too. As other’s see how God has used you, their faith will increase. Will you step out in faith? If you do, God can use your actions to encourage others, and work a great victory. Will you believe in God’s ability to give you the victory today?

“And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.” – Leviticus 6:8

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7