“I am in great distress,” Saul said, “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me.” – 1 Sam 28:15b
Saul was receiving no messages from God, not through dreams or by prophets. He states that God has departed from him; has forsaken him. Saul believes that he has been dealt a raw deal and doesn’t deserve any of what is happening. Yet the truth is in the fact that Saul has been disobedient to God. He did not do what was asked of him against the Amalekites and has chased David all around to try and kill him.
The question is, did God depart from Saul or did Saul depart from God. Often times God is blamed for all the bad stuff that happens in this world. Is that right to blame God? Of course, it is wrong to blame God, He did not break the world, but I did. As it was with Adam and Eve, God has not departed from any man, but man has departed from God.
When life is going rough and things seem to be falling apart at the seams, do I turn to God and beg forgiveness and repent of my sin, or do I just blame God for the bad things in my life? Generally, when things are not going well, there is usually sin at the core. It usually comes as a result of the distance I have placed between myself and God.
God will never leave and He will never forsake His people. As long as His people stay in proximity to God, He is always there to guide, direct and rescue the people. When I think of the opposite side of this argument, David is well looked after. God protected Him when he went into the camp and stole Saul’s spear and water bucket. God has protected David every step of the way because David has stayed in close proximity to God.
So, when life is getting really rough and it seems like all the chips are down. Turn and see your proximity to God. Is He close, have you been praying and reading the Word. Have you been following His will and guidance in your life? If not, then it is time to repent and draw near to the Lord. I have to put away my foolishness. If I want Him to be close to me, then I need to draw near to Him.