“Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.” 1 Samuel 12:25
Samuel was coming to the end of his life. He re-stated the history of the Israelites and how they kept rejecting God. He also pointed out how God had provided miraculously for them many times and in many different ways. Samuel warned the people to serve God faithfully, but added that if they continue in sin, they and their king will be destroyed.
Most people do not like to look at the reality of the chance of destruction or failure. They want to succeed and win. This becomes especially true of states or countries as a whole. Some nations tend to feel that they are indestructible, that no one is powerful enough to destroy them as a nation.
Looking back on history there have been many very powerful strong nations throughout time. Most of whom thought that they would last forever. Yet, when those nations began to reject God and live in sin, God broke them down and destroyed them. Some were completely destroyed, while others were just made a lot smaller.
As an individual you may be seeing lots of success in your life. Everything may seem to be going great for you. However, if you live a life of purposeful sin, you will lose God’s favor in your life. There will come a day when you will be destroyed.
While living in a sinful lifestyle that destruction will start with the loss of peace, joy, and satisfaction. You will not know any of those things without having Jesus at the center of your life or while living in sin. Ultimately your soul will be destroyed if you continue to reject Jesus and His teachings and live in sin.
It may seem that right now God is ignoring your sin and letting you get by with it, but God is watching and knows what is happening. If you continue in it, you will be destroyed.
How are you living your life today?
Are you living it according to God’s ways?
Or are you living according to your own ways?
Will you live or be destroyed?
I pray today that you will live for God in every area of your life; that you will reject all sin in your life; that you will seek to love and serve God alone; that you will know the life God has for you; and that you will not be destroyed.