31st August 2020

The Most Chilling Words Ever 

“Now the Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?’”
1 Samuel 16:1 (NKJV) 

Did Saul ever get to hear what God had said of him to Samuel, I wonder? The story was that king Saul had deliberately disobeyed what he had been told to do by Samuel, and so it was a case of Saul rejected God; God rejected Saul. Saul remained as king for many years afterwards before David replaced him; so Saul had plenty of time to repent, to change, to become the king that God had wanted him to be. But he just didn’t.

And so we have recorded what must be about the most chilling comments ever made by God of anyone. Imagine if God ever said that of us. We’re not likely ever to be made kings in this life and, in the New Testament God, as far as we know, has never said that about anyone. Today we have a great High Priest who pleads our cause when we sin and fall over. And, thanks to Christ and his ever-living love for us, grace covers us and we are forgiven and can start again.

Many Christians look out over this world and have come to the conclusion that our society has gone far beyond the pale. But unlike Samuel, we haven’t received any word that we should cease to pray for this world and its people. God has concern for all humanity, whether they know him or not. And we have no mandate to give up on them on prayer—God hasn’t. And there is so much to pray about. Not only are nations in turmoil, our towns and cities are too. People get sick and all kinds of circumstances buffet human beings, including financial and employment difficulties. The current distress with Covid-19 is a case in point. That has affected every one of us to one degree or another. And of course many have lost their lives to the virus. No, rather than God having given up on this world, he has provided many opportunities for us in prayer, to see that we fulfil the command of loving one another through prayer.

Prayer
Gracious Father, we do sigh and cry for the abominations that beset this world. You created it ‘very good’, and we have corrupted it into ‘very bad’. Help us to help this world and its people by labouring in prayer for them. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by John Stettaford

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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of Grace Communion International UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone:  07710-935735
Email: reading@gracecom.church

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