G-D spoke to Saul in 1 Samuel 13:14 “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”

To be called by G-D, “A man after his own heart”! Oh how I long to be called that, to be a David. But too many times I find myself in Saul’s shoe instead. Too many times I too “have not kept what the LORD commanded you.” I find that I tend to pick and choose which Words of the L-RD I listen to. For the sake of some sheep, Saul lost the kingdom.  For some bread and stew of lentils, Esau sold his birthright, and Adam gave it up for an apple.

How many times do I have to read these stories before it sinks in, before I realize that the Word of G-D is not up for debate? What does G-D mean by a “Perpetual Statute” and just how long is “Everlasting”? How is it that I pick and choose what I take literally and what I take figuratively? How can I compromise the Word of G-D for something that I want or for a few moments of enjoyment? And how do I have any right to question what G-D decides, like when He said to Saul, “your kingdom shall not continue”?  I may not like G-D’s choice for me, but it’s for my own good and better yet, for His greater good.