“And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering” (1 Samuel 13:11-12).
Today’s Morsel: I believe that God has breathed into each of us the ability to know and to do what is right. There is something inside of us that we automatically know right from wrong. To do wrong we must override that inner feeling to do right that tugs at our conscience. Everyone that does wrong knows that they are doing wrong. Even children, when they reach a certain age, know what is wrong and right. When Samuel asked Saul what he had done in offering the sacrifice when it was not his duty to do, he said, “I forced myself.” In other words, I made myself do it. The same holds true for sin. To sin, you must force yourself. John said, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). Therefore, to sin, one must force them self.
Sing: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all heaven and earth proclaim. Kings and kingdoms, shall all pass away, but there's something about that name.
Thought For Today: Don’t force yourself to do wrong. Allow yourself to do right.