May 24

Good morning!
Text: 1 Samuel 26-28; Proverbs 28:15-28
In 1 Samuel 28, Saul seeks help from the spiritual realm in the wrong (very wrong) way as he visits a medium (a “witch” in some translations) to have her conjure up the spirit of Samuel the prophet.  Samuel is dead.  In the eyes of the Lord, this is very bad – any and all witchcraft, sorcery or occult practice is forbidden for the people of God.  To seek a back door to the spirit realm is to say that God is insufficient or perhaps not trustworthy.  Very bad.
Saul’s motivation to seek the medium is found in 28:5-6.
When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets.
The Lord has withdrawn from Saul.  The Spirit has departed.  Why? The text gives us the answer, in 1 Samuel 28:17-18; “The Lord has done to you as he spoke… because you did not obey the voice of the Lord…”   We are so very blessed to have the permanent presence of God’s Holy Spirit.  When our communication with God dries up on account of sin in our lives, all we need do to get back in touch is to repent and confess.  But poor Saul lives in a time before the cross, resurrection, ascension of Jesus and the impartation of the Holy Spirit.  So his situation is hopeless.  What an awful thought!
That said, let us never fail to appreciate how incredibly blessed we are as believers in Jesus to always have access to the Lord.  Sometimes I foolishly welcome the Lord into a meeting, or ask for Him to be with me.  He is with us – always.  What I need His help for is to always remember that He is with me, and to know that the only thing that inhibits my connection with Him is my own sin.  We need Him every hour, and we have Him.
in Him, Mike