Spoiler alert: “A simple act of disobedience cost Saul his throne.”
These are sobering verses: “Then Samuel said, do you think all God wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production. Not doing what God tells you is far worse than fooling around in the occult. Getting self-important around God is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors. Because you said No to God ‘s command, he says No to your kingship. (1 Samuel 15:22, 23 MSG)
Let me share some context. God had watched the Amalekites oppress the people of Israel, so God told King Saul (king of Israel at the time), to get his army and go after them and completely destroy them. So the Israelites went to war and defeated the Amalekites, however, Saul and his men kept some choice war spoils and also spared the King of Amalek, Agag. They failed to follow the exact instructions God gave them, which is another way to say, they disobeyed God. Somehow they felt justified and tried using the excuse that they had taken the best of the cattle to sacrifice to God (v. 15).
1. FAILURE CAN BE A RESULT OF CLEAR DISOBEDIENCE
In so many ways what Saul and the people did is not unlike what we have done or may be actively doing. I can personally trace most every failure in my life to a simple act of disobedience, something that might be considered a minor thing, but one that carried consequences.
Many of us know the verse in the Bible that reminds us that when we are faithful in obeying the small things, God will entrust more to us. (Luke 16:10) Somehow, however, we start believing a lie that we are better of doing what we desire. We justify it in our minds, and carry out our plans. Believe me I have some experience in this area…you are not alone.
We feel good when we are overcomers in certain areas we struggle with, but we should ask ourselves if those are areas we should have struggled in to begin with. I’m not undermining our victories, whether small or large, but let’s face it, some areas of struggle come at our own hands because we do not obey all the instructions God has given us, as was the case with Saul and his army. In fact, let’s call it what it is, it’s willful disobedience.
2. YOU CAN’T JUSTIFY DISOBEDIENCE
When we don’t do what God asks, we try to justify ourselves in that we did not entirely do what He asked because we “wanted to use the livestock to sacrifice to God.” We tend to spiritualize our disobedience as though we can actually draw a positive lesson from our disobedience. Disobedience is simply that, a ‘failure or a refusal to obey rules or someone in authority.’ (Google.com)
We might think that if we worship harder, attend every prayer meeting, fast and pray, that we can persuade God that our actions offset our disobedience.
Let me remind you, you’re not alone in this. Many of my own personal failures and perhaps many of yours have came as a result of our own disobedience, because we did not fully heed God’s instructions for our lives. We may have forfeited our own calling and destiny and the outpouring of God’s spirit on our lives by our simple acts of disobedience; then we wonder why things are not falling in to place as we expected they should.
3. GOD IS PATIENT WITH US
Despite our disobedience and failures, God remains patient with us and He will NEVER give up on us. God does not look for perfection, like a demanding earthly father might–know anyone like that? God’s purpose is not to turn us into robots, mechanically going through life with no ability to make choices. That’s where the struggles lies, in fact Paul stated in Romans that there is a tension we will experience at some point or another, obedience vs. disobedience. Who will win the struggle is up to you and I.
I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do the good I want to do, and I do the evil I hate. (Romans 7:15)
Saul’s failure to carry out the command God gave him cost him the throne. Do you ever wonder what blessings we did not receive and gifts we did not inherit because we disobeyed God’s instructions? Yet if we acknowledge our disobedience and honor God with all our hearts, He will not add injury to insult, but receive us with open arms and restore everything the devil tried to steal from us.
God is not vindictive, He honors repentance, so let’s be truthful, honest and acknowledge we must line up to God’s principles and do our best to honor the Lord with all our hearts.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.