Exceptions

The caucus is tomorrow and the phone calls kept interrupting the birthday dinner we had on Friday night. The males in our family took different approaches when answering the phone:

Male #1 – was serious and respectful – but he answered a call from his chosen candidate.

Male #2 – was harried – he answered with the name of his workplace.

Male #3 – was hilarious – he answered several calls….

  1. “No, I’m not going to vote for him; he’s a liar.”
  2. “City Morgue.”
  3. “This is Buddy, the elf. What’s your favorite color?”

In our discussion of candidates, one thing bothered me – exceptions. A candidate is firm on his stand, except

Saul obeyed the Lord, except:

  • When he was in a tight spot, 1 Samuel 13:6.
  • When he had to wait, 1 Samuel 13:8.
  • When he felt his soldiers slipping away, 1 Samuel 13:8.
  • When there was panic, 1 Samuel 14:15.
  • When there was a natural disaster (earthquake), 1 Samuel 14:15.
  • When the people were terrified, 1 Samuel 14:15.
  • When there was confusion, 1 Samuel 14:19.

1 Samuel 14:19, “But while Saul was talking to the priests, the confusion in the Philistine camp grew louder and louder. So Saul said to the priest, ‘Never mind; let’s get going!'” NLT

Saul got to the point that he didn’t go to the Lord at all.

Dear Jesus,

Help us to continue to stand for you…without exceptions.

Amen

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