Thursday, April 29
Text: 1 chronicles 10 :1-14
Theme: The Fruit of Unfaithfulness
Saul reaped the fruit of unfaithfulness in one day. He is the first man to be anointed king over Israel. The anointing oil over him signifies the presence of the holy spirit in his life. Yet, he failed woefully. He abandons God and refuses to repent after so many warnings. The sad reality is that his sin did not affect only him but also his three sons and the entire nation.
1 Samuel 9 gives the narratives of Saul’s selection by Gos through Samuel. In verse 21, Saul replied to Samuel
am I not a Benjamite of the smallest of the tribes of Israel and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?
This was an humble speech. One begins to wonder what changed afterwards? Why did Saul continue to descend downward until he lost the holy spirit’ presence. Going further in chapter 10 of 1 Samuel, we see how Saul prophesied and transformed into another man. What happened to him can compare to the baptism of the holy spirit today. Yet Saul depreciated to the point of consulting mediums and spirits. What a tragedy!
Many children of God handpicked by God and placed in very important position sadly, end up disappointing God. Today’s lesson calls for self examination.
Has pride crept into your heart? Have you begun to presume that you are in that position because of your hard work, determination, integrity, discipline or intelligence? Never you forget that many are better than you. There are so many people better qualified than you. But GRACE spoke for you. Before you go further in arrogance, go back and check where God picked you from. Were you not the least in your father’s house? Do not end like Saul. Unfaithfulness has its ugly fruits. The end of a thing ought to be more glorious than it’s beginning, but for Saul it was the opposite. Repent today. Do not remain obstinate like Saul. God is ever ready to forgive.