Good or God? Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

The school bell has rung, class is now in session.

I was reading a passage of scripture that I have read many times, but it really stood out to me today as grave reminder to examine my actions against the Word of God.

The Prophet Samuel was told by God to anoint a man by the name of Saul, as King. There were enemies known as the Amalekites, whose King’s name was Agag. God gave specific instructions for King Saul to fight against the Amalekites and utterly destroy everyone, even their livestock. King Saul numbered and gather his people and went to wait in a valley. They rage war on the Amalekites killing everyone (so they said) except King Agag, and the best of the livestock.

God spoke to the Prophet Samuel about King Saul’s disobedience and he was deeply saddened. The next morning, King Saul approached the Prophet Samuel informing him that he had performed what God said to do. The Prophet Samuel asked him how that could be, since he heard the animals he had not destroyed, in his ears? King Saul started to explain his disobedience by saying he kept the best of the animals to sacrifice to God. The Prophet Samuel asked King Saul if he thought that God would be happier with a sacrifice instead of obedience? He went on to tell him that to obey was better than sacrifice.

The Prophet Samuel also let King Saul know that rebellion is as witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry in the eyes of God. (Reflection point and insight on how God views rebellion and stubbornness) His last indictment to King Saul was that since he had rejected God commandment, God had rejected him as King. King Saul started to beg for forgiveness and blamed his plight on peer pressure. The Prophet told King Saul, that he was going away from the King because the King had departed from God first. As the Prophet walked away, King Saul grabbed his mantle and it ripped, the Prophet turned and told him, just as his mantle ripped, God had ripped the Kingdom from him on that day.

Memory verse: And Samuel said to Saul I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hast rejected thee form being king over Israel. ( 1 Samuel 15:26) Bible reading: 1 Samuel 15: 1-35.

I had to preface this story to remind myself and others that doing what is good in our own eyes will not get us far with God. It is better to be obedient to his word and plan for our lives than to listen to “people.” People and our own ideas of what is good for us, could lead us astray. The Bible says there is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end is death (Proverbs 14:12)

It is amazing how some things do not change. How often have we known we should or should not have do something, but once caught we try to explain it away or blame someone else? I can see how King Saul would have thought to keep the best of everything especially since livestock was so valuable. How often do we hold on to people and things that God has asked us to remove a long time ago? Holding on to these things from the past may be the very reason for our drought today. *After this post, when you have time, check out another post I wrote awhile ago about the Past

Reflection Time

Take time, and get in the word of God, commune with Him. Tune your ears to Him. He is speaking through His Word. His way is life and our way/other people’s way may be good, but not what He has for you. King Saul cheated himself out of the Kingdom all because he listened to the knuckleheads around him and thought it was a good idea.

Did you know that the by him not killing the Amalekites, years later one of their descendants sought to destroy the Hebrew people again through politics? (Research Haman in the Book of Esther) He almost succeeded in destroying the Hebrew Israelites by getting a law approved.

You never know why God may be impressing on your heart to remove certain people out of your life, you never know why certain doors continue too close, you never know why you are at a constant stand-still. It could be by the grace of God that you are unable to move forward, because to move forward without His approval, could end in utter disaster.

The school bell has rung, class dismissed.

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