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. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee
(1 Samuel 13:11-14).
(1 Samuel 13:11-14).
Today’s Morsel: Isn’t it amazing that some people force themselves to do what is wrong while others force themselves to do what is right? Especially when they have been anointed by God. Why is it when some people get bad news, they go into a state of depression; while others get the same type of news and worship God. Some people force themselves to get up and go get a job, while others lay around and wait for handouts. Some people force themselves to live above par, while others choose (force themselves) to live below it. Some people force themselves to be involved in their church, while others force themselves to avoid helping at all cost. When Samuel asked Saul why he had done what he had done and not wait for him, he told him, “I was afraid and so I forced myself.” In other words, I made myself do it because I was afraid. If we can force ourselves to do wrong, shouldn't we be able to force ourselves to do what is right? Give it a try, the outcome is much better.
Sing: Oh I don’t worry when things goes wrong, cause Jesus fills, my heart with a song; Oh it’s amazing what praising can do, hallelujah!
Thought For Today: Force yourself to do what is right all the time (Parker)