1 Samuel 28:6-7 6 He [Saul] inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. 7 Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.”
God won’t answer the phone. It’s a common problem for humanity. We consume ourselves with our own lives and live any which way our heart desires. Then in a moment of desperation, we cry out to God. We need Him and we need Him now! So why won’t He answer the phone? Doesn’t He know I need an answer from Him?
This was Saul’s problem. He had turned away from God and was completely outside of God’s favor. Yet when he got desperate, he expected God to answer. He expected God to answer on his terms, his timeline. Samuel was dead so his direct connection to God was a bit limited. He tried a priest and he tried a prophet. But God just wouldn’t answer him. Now what? What do I do now?
What he did was the same thing that far too many people still do today. They consult with the wrong power. They check their horoscope, visit a fortune teller, or have their palm read. Basically, they give God the middle finger and go to Satan for help. Excuse the bluntness, but that is the truth. Rather than waiting on God, His people go find a substitute power that in the end, always leads to death.
It must break His heart. He longs for His people to spend time seeking HIM, not just His power. And I think He wants us to wait sometimes, too. He wants us to take time building our relationship with Him. He isn’t a consulting service; he didn’t write a self-help book. He is God and He wants our heart. If we would just start there, we would find all of life’s answers and much, much more.