Mourning The Rejected

Mourning The Rejected By Kirk Hunt

Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

1 Samuel 16:1 NKJV

At first, King Saul had been God’s man, in and through character, anointing and appointment.  Even before sparing King Agag, Saul, son of Tish, had become rejected by God.  Samuel grieved for the loss.

Saul chose to be rejected.  It came one act of pride, arrogance or disobedience at a time.  All too soon after his coronation, Saul decided he did not need to obey God or continue following His law.

Godly men and women rarely fall all at one.  You just suddenly notice.  Like David, Saul likely had multiple opportunities to repent and recover.  Thick, thin, bright or dim, the king crossed a final line in God’s judgment and divine rejection.. 

God is a God of mercy and grace.  He is also a God judgment and justice.  Seek Him while He can be found. 

God ordered Samuel to his feet and sent him to anoint the next king of Israel.  Saul could have stayed close to God’s heart and purpose.  Instead, he chose to reject God’s plan for himself and the nation.  His choice became a tragedy for him and the nation.

Please do not confuse God’s love and mercy for indulgence.  Your anointing can be lost.  Your appointment can be forfeited.

It may not be “just one more thing.”  It may be “the final straw.”  Seek God now and seek His continuing acceptance. 

Think:       What path am I choosing and why?

Pray:         “Help me to stay worthy of Your acceptance and approval.”

 

Copyright © August 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Hurt, Yet Handsome

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Hurt Yet Handsome By Kirk Hunt

 

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

 

Ruth 1:20 NKJV

 

Naomi left Israel with two sons and a husband. Three funerals later, she felt God had allowed her to be lashed with harsh, hard strokes. The pagan widow who walked with her, would have seemed as much a burden, as a benefit, back home in Bethlehem. Still, Naomi was a handsome figure.

 

Despite her staggering loses and injuries, Naomi’s spirit remained bright and beautiful. Her daughter-in-laws were drawn to the strength and dignity that no darkness could hide. Hurt, yet handsome, Naomi represented as much safety and comfort as their own families and country could provide.

 

Despite hard and harsh times, Naomi lived up to her given name. Despite her own woes and wounds, Naomi concerned herself with the well-being of others. Orpah (v. 4) and Ruth insisted on following their mother-in-law, a woman with a name meaning beautiful or agreeable.

 

Your circumstances may indeed be harsh and hard, but that doesn’t have to effect your mind or spirit.   Despite tough times, your heart can remain a beacon of God’s joy and grace to others. God’s strength can work through you, wounds, tears and all.

 

The God of heaven sees you and your circumstances. Continue to let His light and love work through you anyway. You may feel hurt, but you remain handsome in His Eyes and theirs.

 

Think:            Even in dark circumstances, God’s light can shine through me.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me remain an instrument of Your grace, despite my difficult circumstances.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2014, Kirk Hunt

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