“Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”1 Samuel 15:23
If you are going to remain in favour with God, obedience is the key.
You must keep obeying God. God rejected Saul because he rejected the word of the Lord through acts of disobedience.
Samuel in a way told Saul:
“Since you have not maintained your status of favour with God by rejecting His word, you can no longer continue in this position of favour with God as king over His people. Therefore, you have been replaced as king.”
What a sad note! He eventually became a dummy king. The anointing of the king left him and rested on David.
An anointed king immediately became a tormented king:
“But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and troubled him.” 1Samuel 16:14
It is a terrible and miserable experience losing the key to the Lord’s favour.
I pray that you will not lose your key of favour, in Jesus Name.
I shed tears considering the account of the later days of King Saul. He became so spiritually destitute, miserable, and desperate. He hungered and craved for divine presence but was not at his reach any longer.
“When Saul inquired of the Lord, He refused to answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets.” 1 Samuel 28:6
He even fasted, sorted, and became weary in finding the Lord’s favour but it became too late for him.
“And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no bread all day nor all night”
1 Samuel 28:30.
I pray that it will not become too late before you realise how keen God takes this matter of obedience.
Disobedience turns the Lord from you and makes you an enemy of God. God becomes an enemy to whoever is not in favour with him. God became an enemy to Saul because of Disobedience.
“Samuel said, why then do you ask me, seeing that the Lord has turned from you and has become your enemy? The Lord has done to you as He said through me He would do; for [He] has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to your neighbour David. Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord or execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day.” 1 Samuel 28: 16-18
The game of disobedience is grievous and dangerous. It is like a thin thread on the high sea to tread. Its consequences are not at all affordable. Its effects are unbearable.
Giving attention to the word of the Lord is the secret of being in constant tune with the Favour of the God.
“Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You” Psalm 119:11.
Obedience is the key to continual favour with God.
“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favour and [future] glory (honour, splendour, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly “Psalm 84:11