Today is Valentines day but unfortunately, it a day of desperation for many. Infact, desperation is the mother of trouble but most of us, if not all, may have faced a desperate situation in one way or another. It has been said, that most ladies, when they clock 30yrs, if their faith is not solid in God, there biological clock starts ticking hard and desperation sets in. Unfortunately, many of them, have made wrong lifetime decisions based desperation and ended up regretting that one days act forever. Majority of the problems facing most marriages this days have its genesis in desperation. The devil, who is the enemy of our souls, will always want us desperate because when you despair, is easy to panic and make a wrong decisions based on your circumstance. The truth is, if the Lord has sustained you to live up to 30yrs, faith demands you believe he will take you safely into your 40’s,50’s,60 and up-to the end of the age.
One of the major examples of people who made a wrong decision desperation in the scriptures is King Saul. The Philistines had assembled to fight Israel and Samuel, the prophet, was the one to come and make a sacrifice to the Lord, before giving him the last command for battle. According to King Saul, Samuel was getting late, yet their situation was critical (read desperate). The word says “Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. He then in that mode, made a decision and did what was only meant for the priests, thinking Samuel is not coming. He said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. “What have you done?” asked Samuel.
Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”
Samuel responded “You have done a foolish thing,”. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (1 Samuel 13:8-14)
Saint of God, How many times have we lost the best because we chose to respond to issues surrounding us in a desperate mode? During this valentines day,what must you stop to think over it again,lest you make a decision that drives you wrongly-because of desperation? Saul if you continue to read, that simple act of him not trusting God, and going against his order, cost him his kingdom. The Lord dethroned him and gave his kingly throne to David, a man after his heart.Let us trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on your own understanding.[Proverbs 3:5-6]. Let us wait on the Lord, however how desperate the situation may look.
He is the Lord and we are his people. He knows what lies ahead, more than what we may perceive. Don’t just do a foolish thing just because it’s valentines day. Think through your actions before giving it a nod of your head in agreement. Have a blessed and happy valentines day.
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