But Samuel said, “How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’” 1 Samuel 16:2
Experiences and knowledge acquired throughout life can have both a good and bad effect on us. Samuel knew God and had witnessed His power and guidance throughout his life, yet after listening to His instructions, Samuel seemed to be filled with uncertainty and fear.
Having been a believer for decades, I can relate to Samuel’s reaction. Sometimes experiences and knowledge can distract me from simply obeying what I know God is instructing me to do. And then, when good results occur, it’s so easy to take personal credit and allow myself to be prideful.
The following are some causes that hinder me from simply obeying:
- Focusing on myself instead of God
- Abusing God’s grace and mercy
- Acting like a hypocrite by saying “I seek Him,” but not really taking the time to listen and wait on Him
- Not letting God be God
Can you relate with this? Are you allowing God to speak truthfully and help do what is right?
Let us not allow this familiar response be our norm by:
- Thanking God for His personal work in you according to how you are wired and continuous wait of your willing response.
- Asking God to help you understand His heart and His desires for you as He encourages and guides you daily.