When the Israelites asked for a king to rule them, God told Samuel to appoint Saul as king over them – anoint him to be their leader to save them from the hands of their enemies. Samuel has referred to Saul as God’s anointed, which is a great honour in itself! Even so, something got in the way and God says to Samuel, ‘I regret making Saul king..’ (1 Samuel 15:11)
It was Saul’s disobedience at the city of Amalek that let God to change His plans for him. God had commanded Saul to completely destroy Amalek – all the people along with all they had because they had attacked the Israelites when they came up from Egypt. However, Saul had spared their king’s life, the best of the animals and all good things. Saul had his own plans to sacrifice the best animals to the Lord.
1 Samuel 15:22 reads, ‘..Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams’. The Lord does not delight in our sacrifices but treasures our obedience. One of the things that have gotten in the way of man’s beautiful relationship with God is disobedience – whether it was the Garden of Eden or the city of Amalek. And as it was, Saul was rejected by God as king.
If you read 1 Samuel 15, you would notice that Saul realised his mistake but his honour was not restored. Here’s where things are different for us. We find God’s honour in our life even though we fall time and again; even though we are rightly small in our own sight. If you look at all the words you’ve spoken in a day and all the deeds you’ve done, I’m sure you will find traces of disobedience – at some places more than the others. But have we faced the judgement we deserve? Do we lack blessings because we lack obedience? Or more importantly, has God turned His face against us because we forgot to acknowledge His commands? NO! You already know why! JESUS.
But now, if grace abounds, do we live in disobedience? Do we take His Grace lightly? No, never! At times, even when our heart wants to follow His Word, we need help to be obedient. The best part is that He is willing to help you fight your disobedience!
Proverbs 3:6 – ‘In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight’. Plan to be obedient to God. Crave to follow His voice! God is able even when we are not. Lean on Him with your desire to listen to Him.
By – Harshita Agarwal.