To obey God means to trust and follow His guidance as to what we do and when we do it. God may be leading you into some work He has for you, but it’s still in the future and you are not sure when it is going to happen. Be patient with His timing and walk in obedience to Him as you wait for Him to open doors and bring His plan to conclusion. David experienced this “delay” and he exemplifies patience in waiting on God’s timing.
As a leader, David demonstrated that he feared no one but God and that he trusted God completely. His decisions consistently reflected these traits,. Saul, on the other hand, was whiny, paranoid, self-centered, and manipulative. [ For an example of this see I Samuel 22:6-10].
Godly men and women trust in the Lord’s presence and guidance in the day to day details of life. They don’t need extraordinary circumstances to spring into obedient action. They do what God calls them to and He makes it turn out for His glory.
Saul was consumed with himself. See what a price he paid for his pride, continual defensiveness, and paranoia! As we will see in future readings, the difference between Saul and his successor, David, was not their sin but their repentance. Saul left a stinking legacy (Ecclesiastes 10:1), but David is remembered as a “man after God’s own heart” (13:14).
How do you handle your sin? Be thorough in repentance.
The chief end of man is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 1). In today’s reading, we see that the Philistines learned the hard way that if a people will not glorify God, they not only fail to fulfill their purpose, but they experience severe judgment.
Learn from the horrible example of the Philistines.
Eli’s sons, though priests, were under the control of Satan, a liar and deceiver. He blinds the minds of those who will not believe God (2 Corinthians 4:4). He poses as an angel of light so that his captives do not perceive their true condition (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Pray for those who are in this state, that God, who is sovereign even over Satan, may grant them faith and repentance.