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Don’t skip rules
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Don’t skip rules

1 Samuel 13:8 Now he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him. 9 So Saul said, "Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings." And he offered the burnt offering.

Listen to me friends , Prophet Samuel had clearly said in: 1 Samuel 10:8: “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”:

Well look at the circumstances that king Saul was facing, not small at all:

• Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen, and people like the sand which is on the seashore
• people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.
• some of the Hebrews crossed the Jordan into the land of Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, (he was still in Gilgal)and all the people followed him trembling.
• he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel
• people were scattering from him.

All the above that happened around Saul dented and smashed his faith, he waited for seven days BUT did not have patience to wait until the end of the day and he dared to disobey God and His Word, he offered the burnt offering himself, though he was neither priest nor prophet; yet, as a king, he thought he can do anything, God was very angry with Saul because he disobeyed.  We can fast, pray, wait..but still disobey. Careful!

Practical applications in our life:1) When we receive a word from the Lord, we need to wait till the end, I would add to this and say, ‘wait even after we have waited’ until we get a sure assurance from the Lord. Don’t jump to conclusions, let the Word of God be you only reference and nothing else.

My personal testimony:

We run a Free School, Abide School for the poor in Hyderabad, we were pressurized to do many hanky-panky things by people so that we could get ‘recognition and approval’ from the Government; however, we stood firm and strong in this. We submitted nothing but the original copies of educational certificates of our teachers and all other related documents were rooted in utmost integrity, God honored our faith and blessed us with ALL the necessary approvals for the next 10 years. Glory to Jesus!


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