Does God desire great sacrifice
From those who don’t obey?
Is a burnt offering greater
Than doing what He might say?
King Saul felt repentant
For choices that he made.
But was his heart repentant
Or was he just afraid?
Afraid of losing status
In the minds of those he rules.
Afraid of being humbled
And cast among the fools.
He seems to seek the comfort
Of having Samuel near-
Tearing the prophets’ garment
But not seeming to shed a tear.
When we come to worship
Are we seeking the presence of God?
Or have we become content to seek
An enthusiastic facade?
Saul worshiped the God of Samuel
But never took God as His own
Which is why God looks to Jesse next
For someone to fill the throne.
In the wilderness of Sin, we will always have a thirst
We were created to live in a promised land
No matter where we wander, or convince ourselves is true
A point comes where we begin to understand
The thirst is something we deny, we should just be content
There is a freedom in our wandering place to place
But in time, the Spirit stirs and awakes
Our desire to look full upon His face.
For a people who worshipped “Freedom” it became a need
To realize their idol could not provide
These moments were used by God to highlight His position
And bring his people out from all their pride.
For years they’d assumed everything would be just fine
If they could only break the chains that bound
But when the chains were shattered, they still had many needs
And when they looked within, no answers found.
But when they turned to God (not always pure-hearted)
He responded every time they called His name
In the middle of dry deserts, when they cried to Him
Moses struck the rock, and out the waters came.
What are the idols we’ve set high, as objects to pursue?
Be they “Freedom”, or “Success” or “Security”?
May we be reminded that none offer what we need
As beings created to reflect His purity.