Choose: Sin or Repentance
“And the Lord has done for Himself as He spoke by me. For the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David.”
1 Samuel 28:17
Saul went to the Witch of En Dor to call up Samuel, because the Lord was not speaking to him and he needed godly wisdom. He no longer had anyone around him who heard from the Lord, and he was desperate. Unfortunately, Samuel was not giving him the words he hoped to hear.
The words Samuel spoke to Saul were not new. Back in 1 Samuel 15, when Saul failed to obey the Lord, Samuel told him the Lord was taking the kingdom from him. This was not the first time Saul heard the news, but he had held on for so long, he believed it was not going to happen.
Samuel had to give Saul the message once again. This time, he not only told Saul the kingdom would be taken from him, but he told him who would take his place—David. The Lord was putting David on the throne.
God had allowed Saul to remain in his position as king, but now He would remove him and put David on the throne. It was all according to God’s plan. Saul thought he had held onto the throne through his own power and might, but God could have taken him down at any time.
God has a plan for each one of our lives. He wants to use us and bless us in our service to Him, but if we choose to rebel against the Lord, it is only a matter of time before He removes us. It is better to obey, but if you do rebel, take the opportunity and time God gives you and repent. If you choose to continue in rebellion, God will remove you, just like Saul.
Those who would have the blessings of God’s testimonies must come under the bonds of His statutes.