I love the descriptions that are painted for us in the Scriptures. We are often given little details that really give us a mental picture of the person in that passage, or of the situation as it unfolds. Yesterday I read I Samuel 22 and was enamoured by the clear portrait of a man who was out of fellowship with God; the man was Saul.
- imitates an unbeliever
- becomes self-sufficient vs. 6
- judges incorrectly and jumps to conclusions vs. 7, 8
- is selfish vs. 8b
- will try to persuade others to join their ungodly ways vs 8c
- will have close companions that are also ungodly vs. 9, 10
- will be arrogant vs. 11
- will not listen to the truth or be reasonable vs 14, 15
- will make poor/ungodly decisions Vs. 16
- will despise godly people and will do anything to avoid them. Vs. 17
A person doesn’t have to have all those characteristics in their life (as Saul did) to be out of fellowship with God. They may have only 2 or 3 of the ten listed. We need to look at our own hearts carefully and see of any if these are a part of our lives at this time. If so, we can repent (I John 1:9) and be restored before we begin to look like this description. If someone read this list, would they think of me? Of you? Or would they find us in this list…
- Long suffering
Oh, may it be so!
Have a great weekend and I’ll look for you in church!