"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou"(1 Samuel 15:22-28)
Today's Morsel: I have noticed that when most people are rejected, they become bitter, envious, jealous, and downright mean. From the time that Saul was rejected, an evil spirit came upon him and he became a mad man. He tried to kill both David and Jonathan, and he slew the priest and anyone else that he thought was trying to help David become king. How do you handle rejection? I believe that many who are incarcerated were rejected at some point in their lives. Maybe it was during school and they knew the answer to a question but the teacher kept calling on someone else and they began to feel a sense of rejection. Or maybe when they brought their report card home and they had a "C", their parents scolded them for not doing better. Maybe they were never chosen to be on the team. Some folks can deal with rejections while others cannot. When some folks are rejected, they receive it that as they were not good enough. Jesus said that offenses will come. In other words, attacks upon you will happen. One of those attacks may be rejection. Isaiah said of Jesus, "He is despised and rejected of men"(Isaiah 53:3). Jesus didn't allow their rejection to cause Him to become bitter, envious, or jealous toward them. We must follow His example of how to deal with rejection, and that is with love. Paul said, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Rejections will come. But we must not allow them to destroy our walk with the Lord.
Sing: To be like Jesus! To be like Jesus! On earth I long, to be like Him. All through life's journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.