By Sylvia Stewart
Today's Scripture: I Sam 12:22
Central Thought: Failure is the back door to success.
Whether in a small or large way, we all fail God on occasion. Satan wants to discourage us completely so that we will abandon our faith in God. In seeing how God forgave the Israelites, we can take courage, even when we fail.
Israel wanted a visible king—not only one they themselves could see, but also one their enemies could see. God had wanted to be their only king; He wanted the Israelites to trust Him, and Him alone, but now they had sinned in asking for a king.
Samuel gave advice for failure (I Samuel 12). He gave some 'don'ts”:
- Do not be afraid (verse 20). We serve a merciful God.
- Do not turn away from the Lord (verse 20). In our discouragement let's not allow our enemy to gain the victory.
- Do not turn away after useless idols (verse 21). An idol is anything that turns our focus away from God and His will for our lives.
He also gave some 'do's”:
- Fear the Lord (verse 24). We serve a powerful God who can bring judgment in an instant.
- Serve Him faithfully with all your heart (verse 24). Let us allow no reservation of spirit in our service for Him.
- Consider what great things He has done for you (verse 24). Think about them, meditate on them, and be grateful.
Following this six-step course will keep us from failing God again.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for forgiveness when I fail You. Help me to follow Your plan so I will not fail again.
Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 12:1-13:22; John 7:1-29; Psalm 108:1-13; Proverbs 15:4