We turn to God most often when we are in distress. If life is good and going how we would like, it’s easy to set God to the side, go through the motions and say all the right words. But, our hearts are often far from Him. Knowing this, it is no wonder that life’s pleasure and riches are so fleeting and trials and troubles are so prevalent. Unless we are continually chastened, we don’t turn to God, seek His will, and seek to better ourselves. Without calamity and distress we would be satisfied to sit and progress little.
Saul had displeased the Lord many times and was unrepentant. Then, when his replacement showed up, he hunted him feverishly and made several attempts on his (David’s) life, not to mention the people he killed for being suspected of aiding David. Saul never once sought to repent. Only to retain what he had already been given which God told him would be taken away. He just wanted to stay “comfortable.” Thus, when David fled to the Philistines and Saul was truly left alone, he had no communication with God whatsoever. Then, in his panic and fear of the Philistines he tried to pray. He tried to ask for help, but the heavens were silent. Saul turned only to God when he was in dire straights, and he did not do so penitently. He turned to God only for direction in battle—to preserve himself and his reign. To stay comfortable.
When we come before the Lord, it can’t merely be to “get what we want.” When we seek deliverance, guidance, inspiration, help, even miracles, we must be penitent and “willing to accept and submit to God’s will for our lives” (Mosiah 3:19). God is not as interested in what we want, accept in how He might direct our desires toward eternal salvation. If what we want is fleeting and will not bring us eternal happiness, His interest will be to redirect us. Not simply to satisfy our most recent mortal craving. His goal is not our comfort. His goal is our peace and eternal progression.
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