“And Samuel said unto him, The Lord has taken the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to your neighbour who is better than you.” – 1 Samuel 15:28
Text: 1 Samuel 16:1
One important thing we need to learn in today’s reading is that God always has a substitute. If God says he wants to use you, rejoice! However, be careful, because even as He is choosing you, He has already prepared a substitute.
1 Samuel 2: 27-30 tells us about Eli. God chose Eli and his family to serve Him. God later changed His plans because He only honours those who honour Him.
One thing about God’s rejection is that the devil takes the place of the resultant vacuum that is created. This was what happened to king Saul. We also have the case of Judas Iscariot in John 13:26-27. He was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The moment God rejected him, Satan entered him and he ended up hanging himself.
Psalm 75:6-7 tells us something interesting:
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He puts down one and sets up another.”
Whenever God gives you an opportunity to serve Him, please humble yourself. It is better for God not to use you at all than to use you and push you aside, this gives room for the devil to come in. I pray that God would never substitute you with someone else.
In today’s reading, we see the rejection of king Saul and his replacement David. No one would have heard of David if king Saul had not lost his crown and position; just as nobody would have heard of Esther if Vashti had not lost her position. God has given us these examples so we can learn a lesson. God told Samuel to stop mourning over king Saul because He had already rejected him. He told Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go anoint one of the sons of Jesse as king. Samuel said Saul would kill him if he found out about His mission. This is an interesting statement because it showed that Saul had degenerated so badly that He could kill a servant of God. It is a terrible thing to backslide. This is why you Must never touch sin. We need to study the lives of people God rejected in the Bible so we can learn one or two lessons from their cases. We have to know what God saw in their lives to make Him reject them, so that we can run away from their mistakes.
Why was Esau rejected? The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:15-17 that He was rejected because He could not control his appetite. I pray that your stomach would not send you to Hell. Some people have never fasted since they became Christians. I pray that your appetite would not put you into trouble at a point where God would reject you in Jesus’ Name.
Bible in one Year:
* 2 Corinthians 10-13 ; Psalm 15-16