The will of God will never put me at odds with the word of God.

1 Samuel 13:8-9, 12
“He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, “Bring me the burnt offerings and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering.”
“…I thought; ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” 
Saul was in a panic. Samuel had given him a timeline, and it looked like Samuel had dropped the ball. Saul had to do something! His men were leaving, the enemy was approaching, and the king had to take action! It was necessary!
Unfortunately for Saul, he let the compulsion of his panic dictate his actions instead of following the word of God. Instead of keeping God’s commands, he acted on a “compelling feeling.” 
Sometimes things don’t go as I expect. Even when God has given me specific direction, the process and the outcome is not always what I think it will be. When things don’t go as I expected, it’s easy to react with panic and make decisions based on my own ideas instead of on God’s word. In order to avoid the same outcome as Saul, I must daily focus my mind and my heart back on God–trusting that His word is still sure, and His promises are still good. I must daily remember that the will of God will not put me at odds with the word of God
God, thank you for this reminder that you hold my life in your hands, and I can trust you even when things don’t go as I expect. Help me to live daily in your word and keep your commands, even when the urgency of the moment would try to pull me in a different direction. 

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