August 6, 2018
1 Samuel 15:22-23..And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hath rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Many instructions were given to some individuals before king Saul and I would want us to survey the report of some of them. God told Noah to make an ark of gopher wood with some specifications of the number of rooms, windows, and levels and when it was done, the scripture reported that “thus did Noah, according to all that God commanded him, so did he (Genesis 6:22). The same statement was found in Genesis 7 repeatedly, ” he did as the LORD commanded him.” Moses also was reported to have done everything the LORD commanded him to do, from constructing the tabernacle with all the minute details, to the type of decorations of the sanctuary, to the garment of Aaron and his sons and the commandments given to the children of Israel, all were carried out according as the LORD commanded him. When Joshua took over the leadership, he also did everything according as the LORD commanded him. Samuel also followed the same pattern and did everything the LORD commanded him to do.
The situation was different with Saul, the first king in Israel who was given the following instruction “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass”(1 Samuel 15:2). We were told that Saul spared the king of the Amalekites (whose name was Agag), and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, fatlings, lambs and all that was good.(15:9). The word of the LORD came to Samuel saying “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king; for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel, and he cried unto the LORD all night”(15:11). When Samuel confronted him of what he did, he felt no remorse but argued that he did what the LORD told him to do but that the people took the spoil to sacrifice unto the “LORD thy God” in Gilgal.(15:21). He feared the people and obeyed their voice instead of the voice of God.(15:24), and God rejected him from being king over Israel.
We are all vessels in the hand of God. Whatever position you find yourself, you are there for a purpose. You have a designated assignment which must be carried out to the letter. You need to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit so that every decision you make lines up with the word of God. Do not take rash decisions, or make decision in haste. Bring your case to the LORD in prayer before you take that final decision. If the Holy Spirit is leading you, you will experience peace in the process.
God’s instructions to Noah, Moses, Joshua and so on were carried out completely because they all had the FEAR of God in them. They recognized the fact that they were in that position because God put them there. Once you understand that you do not own yourself, then what ever is before you on a daily basis is what God wants you to do. But God will not ask you to steal, or to harm your colleague or neighbor by telling lies to discredit him. If anything that is contrary to God’s will comes to your table, DO NOT DO IT. Do not allow the pressure of man to convince you otherwise. Follow your conscience, and don’t allow things of the world to take you away from God. The Bible says, what shall profit a man if he gains the whole world but looses his soul? The fear of man led to God rejecting Saul from being king, the Holy Spirit was later taken from him and replaced with evil spirit and he became evil until his death.
Prayer..Lord give me the grace to fear you and obey you so that I can fulfill my purpose in life.