Dreams had failed him. The prophets were silent. King Saul’s prayers fell on deaf ears. God had departed from him.
“If my people, which are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.
God changes our physical world when we repent. The visible world – our family, our job, our health, our finances, our relationships – are changed by the invisible God when we pray. Hebrews 11:3, Good News Bible, “It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God’s word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.” Words whispered to God are heralded by His awesome works in our lives.
Paul penned the words, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealously: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
Peter had sent what help he had home for the day. Alone, he stood with his brothers, washing his nets and preparing for the next evening of fishing. It was how he made his living. But at this particular moment, he was done. His fingers were sore, and his back ached, and his coin purse was empty. Then Jesus showed up and commanded that he launch out into the deep and let down his nets. God blesses simplicity.
Acts 2:38 says, “…Repent, and be baptized everyone one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” It’s not a complicated thing to allow God to change our lives.
Peter responded to Jesus and said, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.” The next verse reads, “And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes…” God didn’t make it complicated for Peter. God does not make it complicated for us.
Nothing changed for Saul. He was disobedient. He was jealous. He struggled with an evil spirit. He attempted to murder David and when that failed, he chased David and his men for years. Unyielding. Unrepentant. Saul finds himself without anyone to play the harp, without anyone to fight his battles, and absent the counsel of the man of God. So, he heads toward Endor the day before he loses everything. If nothing changes, nothing changes.
It’s my prayer this week that you are able to discover the great multitude of things that God has in store for your life. God has made it simple for us. It starts with repentance.
Love and prayers,
Pastor Jack Smith