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.