September 6, 2018

1 Samuel 31:5–6 (NLT) — 5 When his armor bearer realized that Saul was dead, he fell on his own sword and died beside the king. 6 So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and his troops all died together that same day.

Again life does not end well when we insist on taking our lives into our own hands. Saul started out life well. He was an obedient son to his father > we see this when he was out looking for his father’s donkeys. He wasn’t looking to be the king of Israel and make a name for himself. In fact he was hiding behind the baggage because he didn’t want attention to be focused on him when he was about to be anointed as king. He obeyed Samuel and relied on Samuel’s prayers. His life for the most part was in the hands of God.

He looked out for the welfare of others and when the people of Jabesh-gilead were about to be overrun by Nahash the Ammonite, Saul took his men and marched all night and rescued them from Nahash’s hand. The people of Jabesh never forgot the kindness of Saul and now forty years later when they heard of Saul’s death they marched all night to take back the body of Saul and his sons.

But some where along the way Saul’s own hands began to look better to him than the hands of God. When Saul encountered problems and it didn’t look like God was going to help, Saul tried to help himself. (I guess God doesn’t help those who help themselves). He looked to himself and disaster set in > pride, jealousy, arrogance and disobedience. The wages of sin, taking your life in your own hands, always has been and always will be death.(Romans 6:23)

In yesterday’s reading Paul said that we should imitate him and he imitated Christ(1Cor. 10). Well Jesus was all about leaving his life in the hands of the Father right up to the very end. We would do well to imitate him.

Luke 23:46 (NLT) — 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.

What would it be like to live in a world where everyone left their lives in the hands of the Father? Answer > Heaven. But we can have a little heaven here on earth.

Be Inspired Hilltop!