Why was Saul rejected as king over Israel? The writer of Chronicles gives us a clear explanation. “So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” (10:13-14) Saul’s failure to trust in the Lord and seek him for guidance was his downfall.
That’s a great reminder for you and me today. We must seek the Lord’s guidance in all that we do also. But how do we do that? We do it through his Word and through prayer. As we pray to the Lord for guidance we search his Word for instruction. His method of speaking to us is through his written Word that he has given us for “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
That’s why things like Scripture reading plans are so important. They help us to stay in the Word on a consistent basis. But even these plans are not enough when seeking the Lord’s guidance, obviously. We must search out the mind of the Lord through what He has revealed to us in his Word. Don’t be content with a little guidance. Be an eager seeker of God through his Word.
Prayer: Father, thank you that you have given us the treasure of your written Word. How grateful we are that you wrote it down for us through the pens of your inspired writers to teach us and guide us and correct us when we go wrong. Help us to love your Word and treasure it. Help us to demonstrate our love for you by how we hunger for your Word.