“Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. And he took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, though he utterly destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword.” 1 Samuel 15:7-8.
My heart bled for King Saul while I pondered upon His achievements and great efforts. This man indeed risked his life in the battle against the Amalekites; he fought them from one end of the land to the other. We can conclude that he risked his life for the Lord’s cause. He left the comfort of his palace, his wife, his home, his family and friends in the quest to obey God. He assembled the men and numbered them at Telaim–200,000 men on foot and 10,000 men of Judah. He did all in his capacity to prepare hard and well in obeying God. By human scale and standards, King Saul would have scored a credit if not an excellent grade for his efforts. For indeed “he utterly destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword”
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:9
I felt a deep sorrow in my heart for King Saul because unfortunately God does not measure by human scale. His ways are far higher than man’s ways.
King Saul obeyed the Lord partially.
“But the people took … of the things to be utterly destroyed…” (V 22).
What ought to be utterly destroyed, Saul spared and consequently God charged and judged him for disobedience. Man could be emotional about Saul’s partial obedience considering how far and how much he risked his life in this battle, and at least partially accepted his amount of obedience. But not so with God, his sacrifice of obedience was totally rejected. As far as God was concerned, he disobeyed.
A very solemn lesson to learn!
What is your attitude towards obeying God’s instruction?
Do you think you can continue to disobey the spirit of God and get away with it? God forbid!
Do you place a high premium on absolute and total obedience in your life?
For God, it is not how far or how much you do for Him that matters; it is how well you do what you have to do.
“Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]” Mathew 7:22-23
God expects complete and total obedience from every believer, such as he expected from King Saul. His standard of Judgement today is not by any means less than what it was in the days of Saul, and to whom much is given, more will be demanded.
Today, God has given you a room called mercy and a privilege called grace, what will you make of them?
“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy of punishment, the one who has trampled the Son of God, and who has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” Hebrew 10:29
What is the quality of your obedience to God?
Do you seek the Glory of God or your own glory?
How easily do you rationalize and compromise godly principles to satisfy and fulfill your personal ambitions?
God is particular about how you obey him; in your service to him, in your walk with him, and even in your sacrifices. You cannot serve God the way you like or worship Him the way that suits your style. You either serve or worship God His way or never worship or serve him at all.
Are you so regular in church, and perhaps you are a minister, a worker, or even a church staff? Oh, Praise God for that! Glorious!
But for what exactly do you seek God and how is the state of your heart before God?
Do you have a genuine love for God and a sincere desire to obey him?
Is it because of what you want to get from God such as: a good job, houses, cars, wife, husband, and the head of your enemies, that you are seeking God just like Saul? If so, it is just a matter of time, your true motive will be tested and exposed.
Be sincere dear friend, scrutinize your heart and expose every impure motive that soils your sacrifice of obedience to God.
My sincere prayer is that your efforts, sacrifices, and labors in your Christian walk will not be fruitless.
Partial obedience is disobedience to God.