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Topic: ALL TALK, NO ACTION (01/10/19)
TITLE: Saul and David
By Libby Peevy
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Words are the beginning of confession and getting right with God, but it does not stop there. It goes beyond words and results in changes in actions and attitudes.
After King Saul had harassed, searched and attempted to kill David, he finally realized the truth. He admitted to David he had sinned and would not try to harm him again. Saul said he acted like a fool and had erred greatly.
Saul confessed his wrong toward David but never acknowledged his rebellion again God. All sin is against God and should be acknowledged first. In Saul’s case, pride got in the way of admitting he had sinned and was wrong. His further actions of consulting a witch to bring up Samuel’s departed spirit to help him fight the Philistines proved he had not fully repented and got right with God.
The phrase “actions speak louder than words” has a degree of truth. One can say “I love you” to another but turn and be unfaithful or harm them. “Talking out both sides of the mouth” is an idiom that is saying one thing, but meaning another.
David’s actions and words saving Saul’s life twice is an example of goodness in actions speaking louder than words. Saul no longer searched for David when he heard David had fled to Gath to Saul's enemies the Philistines for safety. This part of Saul’s confession and actions remained true to never harm David again. However, David did not trust Saul and hid from Saul in the land of the Philistines.
How would God’s history be different if Saul’s words of confession of sin and rebellion had been to God? God is gracious, merciful and gives us time to repent for our sins. God would have helped Saul change his ways and actions.
Who knows, maybe Saul would been a great king and he would have become a man after God’s own heart.
1 Sam 26:21-27:1-2
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