DO NOT WASTE AWAY
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*DO NOT WASTE AWAY.*
2 Sam 4:4 ► *And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
God was against Saul. It affected his household, 2 Sam 3:1.
If we waste time falling in and out, we will end up wasting away.
The house of Saul gradually but progressively wasted away over his forty years of reign.The fist king of the nation of Israel started well, but his reign was sadly marked by many unfortunate misfortunes.
These misfortunes continued even after his death.
The sudden and unpreventable accident of Mephiboseth put an end to any hope of any surviving heir to the throne. Five sons had been hung by the Gibeonites, 2 Sam 21:8-9.
Ishboseth, Jonathan's son had been killed, 2 Sam 4: 6-7. This, along with the incapacitation of Mephiboseth, robbed the house of Saul of any enduring legacy on the throne. Though David would later show Mephiboseth (Jonathan's son) kindness, it could not restore kingship to Saul's lineage, 2 Sam 9:3.
There would not have been one even if there were survivors because Saul was already replaced by God, though he remained on the throne.
Saul's life is a classic example of many misfortunes that may befall people who keep on going against God's will.
His life is a warning to us of how one may occupy a highly authoritative position yet gradually waste away.
Forty years were quite a number to make things right with God, but he daily walked towards his own misfortunes.
Hard heartedness, unforgiveness, insane jealousy, unrepentance, and cold-blooded murders were Saul's traits.
Let us be careful.
Though God reluctantly chose him to be king, we can always be rest assured that if we comport ourselves in a humble manner acceptable to Him, we can receive mercy.
God is not a prisoner of His will, He can change His course of judgment following our repentance, Exd 32:14, 1 Kings 21:29.
Saul, however, persisted in his evil, and God slew him 1 Chron 10:14.
Every day God allows the sinner is an opportunity to make things right with God.
Every day wasted is gradually progressing towards the day of reckoning.
There must be some indicators showing you may be going astray. This is the route to wasting away.
Cut back and make amends.
Seek restoration from God today..
Your continued and unchecked behavior is an indication you are wasting away.
*Call to Word action.*
Saul had several indicators pointing that he was gradually wasting away.
1 Sam 16:14 (NlV) *Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Not all misfortunes are indicators of disobedience to God, Job 1:12-22.
However, if they occur, as long as you know you are right with God, He will come through with and for you. For every faithful sufferer, misfortunes are reversed and rewarded in multiple folds, Job 42.
Lord, help me. Do not let me waste away, in Jesus
Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.