Feb 13, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 31

Happy Monday, SHINE girls!

Boy, what a way to start our week.

1 Samuel ends with Saul's suicide. Whew, heavy stuff.

Not sure about y'all, but I felt so sorry for Saul as he ended his life. He made so many mistakes, and he consistently took the wrong path.

Sounds a lot like yours truly here. Yikes.

I noticed something in Chapter 28 as I reviewed our reading this weekend. Something struck a chord in my heart as I read about Saul visiting the witch to get answers.

Saul first inquired of the Lord, and didn't hear anything. So, he got desperate and went to long lengths to find a witch or a medium.  Saul wanted answers. He wanted answers NOW.

I wonder why Saul didn't wait to hear from the Lord? I wonder if Saul would have confessed his sins to God and cleansed his heart, if the Lord would have answered him?

I'm betting so.

How many times have I consulted a "medium" because I got impatient with the Lord? Okay, not a witch, but another form of a medium.

Like, my husband. My friends. My Momma. My sister. My Daddy.

I've often looked to them (the above mentioned) before I even think about looking to the Lord. I often go straight to them when I am desperate and in need of answers.

 They are my "middle men".

I cry to them for help and prayer, instead of going straight to the feet of Jesus.

Or perhaps, our "mediums"  or "middle men" are not people, but things. Things, such as:

  • shopping/spending
  • food
  • alcohol
  • drugs or meds

We often let these "mediums" come way before we take it to Jesus. They bring us temporary comfort and relief.

Isn't that kind of what Saul did? He got impatient with the Lord and went straight to another person for answers.

Aren't we the same way? We seek answers everywhere....except to the only One who can help us.

That One is Jesus.

We get really, really impatient with God.

When He doesn't answer us immediately, we get scared and start taking matters in our own hands.

Oooooh, this never works out good. Ever, ever.

 I could tell you a million stories of times that I didn't wait to hear from God, so I went straight to my plan.

Bad, bad idea. (Wincing just thinking of those times.)

Whaddya say, girls? Let's go to Him first. Always.

Remember yesterday's post? The little note card thingy?

Don't roll your eyes at me...go, make your little note card. It will remind us Who to give it all to, first.

Yep, ALL of it.

this is my friend Mary's note card.
 her handwriting is MUCH prettier than mine.
 so, i am sharing hers. thank you, Mary!
skipping the middle man,



Anonymous said...

Oh you are so right on!!!! I always try to get an answer NOW. Hahah I am such a fool that I still "fool" myself into thinking I have control over my life. Hahaha good reminder.

Mary Hudgins Balicki said...

That love note above my kitchen sink has already brought such comfort and peace just in the last 12 hours. Life is pretty overwhelming without this helpful reminder- thank you friend. <3

Anonymous said...

Well said Jill! This girl is guilty too. Working on my patience and on letting Him handle it instead of me. I can't even count how many times I've panicked instead of giving it to him. Wow, you amaze me how you can develop such a wonderful message from one chapter! :) Thank you again for all you do. "I thank my God every time I remember you." Phil. 1:3 Love, Sarah (And I, too, have always LOVED Mary and Rebekah's handwriting!)

Anonymous said...


I'm a hymn/contemporary music girl. I love it all! Depending on my mood! The first song I thought of after this was....

I surrender All....LOVE that hymn! And NOBODY sings it better than Cece Winans..except maybe Whitney Houston.....and whitney introduces Cece :o(......woooo, sing it Cece!!!!.........chillls

(copy/paste link)

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

Then I thought of Third Day--Surrender (love me some Third Day)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TBzvlVxliQ (copy/paste link)

You better give up
Gotta stop running
It's the end of the line
It's time to surrender
Hands up
Turn it around
Fall to the ground
Are you gonna surrender

I am being faced with having to surrender so much that I want to control or change! But....I know that is not my purpose and that is not God's will for my life!

So....Dear Jesus--you know what burdens lay heavy on my heart! Burdens that, really, only you can control! I am surrendering it ALL to you!! Amen!

Love the way God is using you Jill. Your knowledge of God's word and the application of it in your life shows true WISDOM and speaks volumes to all those around you! I cannot tell you the number of people who have told me how touched they are by you and your blog....KEEP IT UP girl KEEP IT UP!!

You are a mighty vessel being used by God to glorify Him! Many rewards await you for your steadfastness in the Lord and your obedience to speak truth to those you love!

Keep surrendering it to the one and only savior who is there for all who are weary!

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 16:26-30

Kim J