At the beginning of each year, I am struck by particular messages that literally pop out from what I have read or listened to.
A few days ago, I was struck by the instruction received by Saul to totally destroy the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15. Saul spared the King of the Amalekites along with the best of the animals- everything that was good. The things that were despised and weak were destroyed. As a result of this action, Saul was rejected as king. An act of obedience would have made all the difference in Saul’s life. What a sad ending to an illustrious beginning.
May we refrain from grieving God by turning away from Him and not carrying out His instructions. From this text, I am learning that partial obedience is disobedience. Rebellion is like the sin of divination or witchcraft and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. In Saul’s case, there was no turning back.
Nevertheless, if you are reading these words today, it is not too late to make an appropriate response. These lessons were documented as a guide for us and for generations to come.