Why won’t God answer the phone?

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.

3 thoughts on “Why won’t God answer the phone?

  1. Wonderful word! That is how a lot of people do the “God thing” When times get rough they get our their knees, but we need to be on our knees for everything He has given us, small or large, negative or positive, something we wanted or didn’t even know we needed… I try to start each day reminding myself what God has given me personally…. a husband who is faithful and loves me, a home to raise my children in, a community that is on fire for God, Healthy Children who are my life! If we focus on what God is not blessing us with or the prayers being “unanswered” I feel that is our heart turning away from God. If we only want what we want from God; He cannot give His complete self to us; that includes His blessings!

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