“And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.” 1 Samuel 13:11-12.
Today, still examining the life of Saul, I will like you to notice from our opening scripture that the reason why Saul forced himself to compromise a divine instruction that robbed him of his divine destiny was because of people.
Do you do things because of people? How many times have you compromised divine instruction because you wanted to please people? I want you to know that you are not truly free until you are able to do the right thing inspite of the pressure of people to do otherwise.
Nothing will cost you the fulfilment of your divine destiny more than the desire to please people. Do you know that if Jesus had followed the advice of his disciple Peter he would not have died? This would have jeopardized the redemptive purpose of God. Jesus rebuked Peter and went ahead to do the will of God. *“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 16:21-23. Jesus shows us with this example the importance of prioritizing God’s will above human opinion.
Please read Proverbs 27:18, Acts 16:9-10 and ask God to make His vision for your life real at all times.
For further study, read:
Luke 22:39-43, Acts 20:22-24, Acts 21:10-14.
Doing the Word
Don’t hesitate from turning away from any counsel to compromise the will of God for your life.