“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness,...
“Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.’” -1 Samuel 15:24
Back in middle school I decided to run for Student Council President. As the election day drew close, I quickly found myself caught up in the challenging world of politics. I listened to my classmates share what they liked and did not like about the school. Because I wanted their approval and their vote, I found myself making all kinds of promises that I had no authority to make. It was exhausting! I made so many promises that it was hard to keep them all straight. In the end, I lost the election by a landslide. Through that experience I learned a valuable lesson about the dangers of caring too much about what people think.
Today, each of us is constantly put in situations where we are tempted to live our lives to please people instead of pleasing God. If we are not careful we will be guilty of caring too much about what people think. We can be guilty of conforming our lives to the will of people instead of God. If we don’t keep constant guard on our mind and heart we will quickly find ourselves living for the approval and acceptance of our family, our friends, or our peers rather than Almighty God.
Saul’s foundational flaw, that caused the kingdom to be taken away from him, was that he cared more about the what the people wanted than what God wanted. Saul deliberately chose to listen to and revere the voices of those closest to him instead of heeding the preeminent words of God.
Father, forgive me for seeking to live for the approval of man. Help me today and every day to allow you to have the preeminent place in my life. Amen.
For Further Reading
2 Corinthians 5:1-10