On “Hold”

He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him in dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets. Saul then said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I can go and consult her.” His servants replied, “There is a woman at En-dor who is a medium.” – 1 Samuel 28:6-7

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Have you ever felt as if God put you on “hold?” You know, you keep “making calls,” but all you seem to be hearing is, “All circuits are busy.” There were some good reasons why God did not answer King Saul’s inquiries (then again, aren’t God’s reasons always good), but when the dreams were absent, the Urim were confusing, and the prophets remained silent, Saul adopted plan “D” and consulted a source (a medium) that God has expressly forbidden.

Sometimes, when we God places us on “hold,” our answers do not come as clearly or as quickly as we would like.

  • Prayer does not produce,
  • Counsel (from the Word and from the saints) seems to conflict, or
  • Circumstances are confusing.

At times like these, we must resist the temptation to work outside God’s proscribed methods for simple answers (like man-centered reasoning or means). If we insist on a preferred answer from God, He may give us one, but that answer might just be the consequences of a foolish request.

Good prayers never come creeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask or what I should ask. – Joseph Hall

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