Keep The Appointment

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How often do we keep our God appointments?  Are we more likely to say…If I have time today…Maybe later…and then it’s time to sleep and we have had no or little contact with Him?

1 Samuel 13:14 tells us of the consequences for King Saul when he decided to go his way and not keep the appointment God had given him.

God is out looking for your replacement right now!  This time He’ll do the choosing.  When He finds him, he’ll appoint him leader of His people.  And all because you didn’t keep your appointment with God!    The Message

What was the appointment?  Samuel had told Saul to wait 7 days before attacking the Philistines at Gilgal.  At that time he, Samuel, would sacrifice to God and the battle could begin.  Saul waited the seven days, but in the meantime he was loosing his army to fear.  On the 7th day when Samuel didn’t show up immediately Saul took matters into his own hands and did the sacrifice himself.  Samuel showed up at the end of the sacrifice and said, “What on earth are you doing?”  Saul’s answer was much like our own when we feel we’ve waited long enough and have to take matters into our own hands.  Every time I decide I’ve waited long enough and it’s time to do it my way…there is a consequence.  The results are not the ones I wanted.  Saul’s consequence was not only the loss of his kingship but a serious bout of mental illness.

What is our appointment?  God only wants one thing of us.  He wants a relationship with us.  Each day I set aside specific time to spend with the Lord of my life.  I read His personal instructions to me (The Bible),  I talk to Him about my day, my thoughts, and lift others up (in prayer), and I sit quietly and enjoy the moments with Him (Psalm 46:10).  After reading the verse above, won’t you agree, it’s just to risky to miss the appointment.

6 thoughts on “Keep The Appointment

  1. I know what you mean. I know God’s love, I feel God’s love, I want more and more of it yet sometimes I get busy with other things and quick as that I’m justifying not studying or praying. He keeps drawing me in though. Actually He keeps drawing all of us in. Blessings to you and Ron.

  2. A message with deep feeling Marie, thank you for sharing a very important Truth but if I stop and look back and perhaps some will be like I was with remembering the many hours I spent in front of the T.V or out shopping for new clothes and also doing my faviourite craft which was making cards but I did spare an hour a day for God, after all wasen’t that what we were suppose to do but sometimes the phone rang or doorbell so it was cut short but I did think about Him now and again especially if I wanted something .

    Yes I even went to Church every Sunday, it was good to catch up with everyone and I could even show off my new dress. Life was a bit of a rush, not much time left to question and explore, just accept it all and don’t make a fuss, keep it short and sweet, or make it instant like my coffee and it will work out allright in the end.

    Those were the days…. perhaps best forgotten but then The Lord knocked on my hearts door and for the first time in my life I knew without doubt that He really Loved and wanted me, how He could want me, I still don’t know but He chooses to.

    The above is the beginning of my next Post Marie or when I’m lead to Post it, so did you read it 🙂 how I have changed but I remember and have compassion for those still seeking the way, when I had heart repentance I found what was promised or He found me.

    Revelation 3:19-22 As many as I Love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man/woman hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  3. I know what you’re saying. My days go much better when I spend concentrated time with our Lord. I just read a study that said those who pray have fewer stress issues, too! He’s an awesome, listening, responding God. Isn’t He? Blessings to you and yours! Marie

  4. Hi! I was just sitting here thinking “I don’t see a way to leave a comment!” and there it was! What a wonderful blog you have. =D Thanks for sharing this very timely reminder that God has His timing and He has a reason for it! I shared the link on my FB page and followed you by email. =D

    Merry Merry Christmas! Tina ‘the book lady’

  5. Absolutely true! It’s so easy to think of moments with God as something that will come after everyday tasks are completed. But too often I’d be too tired to make time for it. I finally decided that early morning was going to be prayer time – when I follow up on all the intentions I promised I’d pray for and ask for guidance for myself during the day. I do miss an occasional morning, but I’m happy to say that most of the time I keep my commitment and then the day goes much easier, because, of course, he does listen and respond!

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