Why didn’t God answer?

“So Saul asked God, ‘Shall I go down and pursue the Philistines?  Will you give them into Israel’s hand?’ But God did not answer him that day.”  1 Samuel 14:37.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 14, 1 Chronicles 4, and 2 Corinthians 13.

Saul was prone to erratic behavior.

Why wouldn’t God answer Saul this time?

It goes back to Saul insisting that no one eat until the Philistines had been defeated.  Sounds good if it was for a short period of time but it wasn’t and as time went on Saul’s army became weak from hunger.  When they finally defeated the Philistines, they were ready to eat everything they found.  And some of what they ate had blood inside it which was never to be eaten.

Saul’s foolish initial decision caused his army to break God’s law.

The things we do have consequences.  Sometimes the consequences are good, other times not so much.

If I am close to God, then my behavior will reveal that relationship.

If my relationship with God is messed up, then I will be functioning without His Guidance.  I cannot comfortably live apart from Him.

When I have disobeyed Him, I may not get an immediate reaction to it.  However, almost without fail, when I try to pray, I sense that my prayers are unheard and quickly recollect why.  I must confess the sin I’ve gotten into and seek restoration to Him.

“Lord, reveal to me the errors of my way.  Show me so that I can own up to them and get right with You.  I need You every second.  I want to please You so that my behavior and thoughts will please You. I want to rightly represent You in word and deed.  I am so needy.  Take me over, Lord.”

Had any unanswered prayer lately?  There may be unconfessed sin to deal with.

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