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Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates – That’s when you’re lost (1 Samuel 28:7)

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 28-31

Today’s Reflection: 1 Samuel 28:7

Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.”

After Saul disobeyed God he found that he could no longer hear from God (1 Samuel 28:6).  Instead of letting this distance drive him to repentant of his sins, Saul went the other way and sought out demonic forces to give him the counsel God would no longer provide.  This was Saul’s rock bottom moment.

Most people, whether they believe in God or not, have a standard by which they define evil.  Some acts that are so heinous that they are convinced they would never do such things (and they have a great deal of disdain, or even outright hatred, for those who would).  These are important moral benchmarks for each of us.  Because if you were to find yourself doing that very thing you were convinced you never would have done, it would be a clear sign you have betrayed your beliefs and values.  That you were now trying to justify or excuse things you once knew were clearly wrong.

This is where Saul found himself at this point.

As 1 Samuel 28:3 explains, Saul had put all of the mediums and witches out of Israel.  Clearly he had known these people served the forces of evil and that God required that they be removed from the Promised Land.  Now Saul had turned his back on the God who had given him the kingdom and was turning to those very mediums, those servants of evil, to give him direction.

When what was once wrong to you now seems right, how can you be anything but lost?

Isaiah 5:20 – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

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