August 23, 2018

1 Samuel 15:6 (NLT) — 6 Saul sent this warning to the Kenites: “Move away from where the Amalekites live, or you will die with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up from Egypt.” So the Kenites packed up and left.

The Kenites obeyed Saul’s word, but Saul didn’t obey God’s word. The obedience of the Kenites saved their lives. The disobedience of Saul cost him his kingdom and eventually his life. Obedience to God is a powerful weapon  that saves. Disobedience is powerful weapon that destroys.

1 Samuel 15:9 (NLT) — 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.

This happened because in Saul’s eyes people were big(vs:24) and God was small.

1 Samuel 15:23 (NLT) — 23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

Rebellion and Witchcraft become idols when we bow to them instead of God. Disobedience tells God that you do not consider him to be the final authority in your life. He can have authority as long as you agree with what he says.
In essence you are saying, “God I hear what you are saying but I am going to get a second opinion, an opinion that agrees with what I want to do.”

Disobedience has the smell of Satan on it. This act of disobedience reminded God of satan who was too proud to serve the Lord and he rebelled against him.

1 Samuel 15:35 (NLT) — 35 Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the Lord was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.

God was sorry that the people demanded a king instead of waiting for the king that God had planned which was David. The people got in a hurry so they got a Saul instead of a David. Abraham got an Ishmael before he got Isaac. Esau got a bowl of porridge instead of the birthright. Too bad they weren’t in a hurry to obey God! Have you ever been in a hurry and got the wrong thing? Do you know others who have been in hurry and got the wrong thing?

Obedience to God is always a good thing. Being in a hurry isn’t always a good thing.

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