Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 15
Key Verse: He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. 9 Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality. 1 Samuel 15:8-9
Life is full of choices. Not all of them are life-changing, but each has an effect on our life. For example, I can choose only to eat junk food for the next three months, but doing so will have an impact on my health.
Too often, we view everything as our right of choice. There are some things in life that are not optional, such as our obedience to God. When we decided to disobey God, there are serious consequences.
God had commanded King Saul to go to war with the Amalekites. His command is very clear; destroy everything.
However, Saul only obeyed God’s command to the point that it made sense to him. Saul thought it was silly to kill the healthy cattle. He assumed it must be an oversight on God’s part. Saul also assumed that God wouldn’t mind if he spared Agag, king of the Amalekites, as a trophy of his great victory. He assumed wrong, God had said to “utterly destroy” everything.
In what areas of our lives do we assume God does not mind our disobedience? Do we assume that tweaking our taxes are okay? Is it acceptable to live with you partner, as long as you plan to marry? Is that little white lie really a problem?
God’s commands are clear and when we break them, we can expect consequences.