Saul’s kingship was moving forward. They were experiencing victories at the powerful hand of God. Saul had a heart to hear from God before he took any move. Saul valued hearing from God before he took any military action. (In fact, in the previous chapter, Saul was so desperate to hear from God that he set up his own altar and made sacrifices.)
There was a time when Saul inquired of the Lord but God was silent! Saul knew there was something blocking his ability to hear from God. He found out it was the sin of his own son that stopped the voice of God. Unlike Eli, Saul was ready to punish Jonathan for his disobedience. But, the people pleaded with him for mercy– which he granted.
Have you experienced a time in your life when God seemed silent? Has hearing God’s voice become dull? Search your heart and go back to the last clear instruction you received from Him. You do not want anything to block you from hearing today– or any day. God is always speaking but our lack of obedience dulls our ability to hear. It is too risky to live life without hearing God’s voice!
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-16:23; John 8:1-20; Psalm 110:1-7; Proverbs 15:8-10