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“And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord.” -1 Samuel 15:1
A couple of years ago I received a text message from a friend that I was supposed to meet, it said “C U L8R @ *$”. I thought my friend had either lost his mind, or that somehow his son had gotten a hold of his phone. I called my friend and he told me that he was texting using abbreviations. Somehow I missed a whole new form of language! These random letters and symbols were supposed to convey a message, but I had no clue what it said. My friend told me it said “See you later at Starbucks”. It can be very frustrating when you can’t hear or understand the message that someone is sending.
In Saul’s day, the Lord spoke and gave instructions through Samuel, a prophet. Since Saul was a servant of the Lord, he needed to wait for Samuel to tell him what God wanted him to do. Once he heard the instructions from the Lord, it was expected that Saul would obey. It was a simple process to follow.
We no longer require a prophet in order to hear the words of the Lord. God has given us his words through the Bible. His Spirit speaks to us personally. He has also given us Jesus to show us the way to obey his words (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Today, we have a greater advantage than Saul because we have God’s complete revelation. Contained in the Bible is everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 2:3). God’s Word speaks into every area of our lives. As Christ followers, we must spend time in the Word so that we will know which way we are to go.
Lord, thank you that You gave us the Bible so that we can know You and how You desire Your people to live. Forgive me for not spending time in Your Word. God, please set a longing in my heart for Your Word. Amen.
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