By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
1 Samuel 15:18
“And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.”
Samuel told Saul that the LORD sent him “on a journey.” This journey that Saul was to take was the battle to destroy the Amalekites. God told Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites, but Saul and the people kept the king and the best of the flocks alive. This journey that he took for God was a failed journey because he chose to do his own will instead of following God’s will.
The word “journey” means, a defined course of traveling; one’s path in life; and the travel of a day. In other words, every day is a journey, and what you do in that day determines what the LORD can do with you. Let me share several observations about your daily journey that will help you to make the most of life.
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First, life is a journey. Life is getting from point A to point B, and doing it in the manner by which God wants you to do it. God brought you into life on His terms, and He desires for you to get to the end of life according to how He has planned it. The impact of your life will be determined by how well you lived according to God’s will on your journey of life.
Second, the journey of life is made up of events. Life is not made up of years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes or seconds, but life is made up on events. Every event is a journey. It is often said that every minute of life must be treated importantly, but I would like to add to that thought and say that every event of life must be treated importantly because those events make the journey of your life. All it takes for life to go awry is to treat one event indifferently, and that indifference often leads to disobedience to God.
Third, every event in life is to be carefully acted upon. Saul treated his journey to the Amalekites indifferently and according to his plan instead of God’s, and that led to his disobedience to God’s command. You must be careful that you treat every event of life importantly. You never know which event will be the event that God uses to test you to find out what is in your heart, or which event God is sending your way to use you greatly. If you treat every event in life carefully and importantly, you will never miss the event that God chooses to use you greatly.
Fourth, the more events you have in life, the greater the chance God has in using one of them greatly. The key to living life to the fullest is to continue to add events to your life and to treat every event with importance. Every event is a potential event for God to use in a mighty way.
Fifth, it is imperative that each event is treated carefully so that you don’t miss God’s chance of using you. The biggest mistake many believers make is that they casually go through life and treat some events of life importantly and other events casually or carelessly to their own demise. My friend, it could be the next event in life that God chooses to use you greatly; therefore, you must treat every event as if your life depends upon it.
Finally, let me remind you that you are one event away from destruction. All it takes for life to take a detour is to make one wrong decision with an event. If you want the journey of life to be successful, avoid those events that bring sin into your life.
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