Chapter-a-Day: 1 Samuel 31

diamond-1475978_1280.png1 Samuel 31

Just as God had revealed to Saul, he and his sons were killed the next day. There’s no indication in the text that Saul repented of his disobedience, his rebellion, or even his defiance of God’s expressed prohibition of consulting the dead (Deuteronomy 18:11).

Many today live in this same spirit of denial. They know that their choices are offensive to God, if not to our current social norms. They know that the end of their days is coming, even if they don’t know exactly how long they have left on earth. They tell themselves they will “clean themselves up” later, that there is time to get right with God before it’s too late, or that the offenses society has normalized no longer deserve God’s judgment.

The reality is that repentance is a gift from God. Conviction of sin is evidence that the Holy Spirit is drawing you to God, wooing you away from the destruction of worldly idols, to the safe haven of a God who loves you more than you can imagine. Only God knows how long that gift will be available to you. There will come a day, whether through an unexpectedly swift demise or because your heart has grown cold and hard from quenching the Holy Spirit’s work, when repentance will no longer be an option for you. Like ashes heated to the point of transforming into a rock, even a diamond, the opportunity for change will be past.

So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

    do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

Do not assume that because you know right from wrong but are choosing to act in ways you know are sin in God’s sight, you will continue to hear Him clearly tomorrow if you reject His Word today. Saul’s life, and the lives of so many today, illustrate how compromise on one facet of God’s Word leads to rebellion and finally to defiance, until we don’t even recognize that our own choices are our greatest adversary. We blame circumstances of our own creation on those around us and fail to see our own culpability. We blame God, when He has done exactly what we’ve asked — left us to our own judgment.

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