Faithfulness: The currency of God’s economy

By Mark McIntyre

Cash-RegisterThings took a turn for the worse in King Saul’s life when he allowed jealousy to creep into his relationship with David. From reading the account of Saul’s life in 1 Samuel, we know that Saul’s decline and ultimate downfall were his own fault.

Three turning points are presented where Saul took the wrong path leading to a disastrous result. Saul reached a turning point . . .

1.) When he became impatient waiting for Samuel and performed the office of priest (1 Samuel 13:8-14). It was at this point that Saul was informed that his dynasty would not last.

2.) When he disobeyed God’s command with regard to the Amalekites by allowing spoils to be taken and leaving King Agag alive. Saul used the excuse that the spoils were to be used as sacrifices to God. In response, Samuel told Saul, “to obey is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

3.) When Saul started becoming jealous of David as a result of the women of the city ascribing victory over ten thousands to David and only ascribed thousands to Saul as recorded in 1 Samuel 18:8.

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It is this third turning point which hit home this morning.

God does not allow each of us to have the same results. This is true in our monetary economy and it is also true in God’s spiritual economy. We all have equal opportunity to serve God, but we will not all enjoy the same level of success. As is noted in point number two above, obedience and faithfulness are what God values…

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