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BAD NEWS

1 Samuel 28:17 “The Lord has done accordingly as He spoke through me; for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David. 

NOT WHAT HE WANTED TO HEAR

Saul was in trouble, again.  He was facing the Philistines and was scared.  Seemed a little like déjà vu.  However, this time there was no Samuel to run to.  Samuel had died, so what does Saul do?  He goes to a “conjurer,” someone who can talk to the dead.  Really?  What part of wrong do you not understand, Saul?

But Saul was desperate.  It’s okay to do a wrong thing if it’s for the right reason.  Right?  Wrong!  And sure enough, Samuel told Saul that all he had told him previously was coming true.  Saul was going to not only lose the kingdom, but he and his sons would lose their lives that very day and be with him.

TEACHING MOMENT

It is so important that we teach our children to always choose the right thing.  A wrong way is never right.  What’s wrong?  Anything that goes against the Word of God.  Your children will have lots of people tell them they can do something else.  They will be told that there are other options.  They will be told to not be so rigid and stiff with their morals.  Wrong!  Wrong!  Wrong!

The Word of God is true for every generation.  Its truths never change.  Its commandments still guide.  And if we choose to go another route, well, the Lord will bring us bad news.  Discipline will follow.  We will not like the consequences.  But it is the result of disobedience.

Which route are you on right now?  Are you following the Lord or some other guide?  “Carl, times have changed?  We have more choices today.”  Nope, not true.  Truth is still truth.  You must choose to obey.

I want to encourage you today to make sure that every choice you make is based on His Word.  Make sure every option you have before you is one that Jesus would choose.  If there is ANY doubt, don’t do it.  Wait on the Lord.

Lord, give me wisdom today to make the right choice.  Show me Your best path and I will follow!

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