Learning the lesson the hard way

Rising Joy, Vicki Matheny

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Proverbs 21.3

King Saul learned this lesson and its consequences the hard way. In 1 Samuel 15, we read the instructions that the Lord gave to Saul through the prophet Samuel. He was told to go and strike down the Amalekites destroying everything they had. He was to put everyone and everything to death.

Saul attacked the Amalekites and put everything to death, almost. He let King Agag live, as well as the best of the flocks and animals that were of value. God’s reaction? He regretted that he had made Saul king, 1 Samuel 15.10-11.

When later met by Samuel, Saul said that he had done what the Lord had told him to do. When confronted by the prophet, he said that the army had spared the best of the flocks and cattle to sacrifice to God. But, Samuel made it clear that what Saul had done was not acceptable to the Lord.

To do righteousness is to be correct, obedient. Saul failed miserably in this, for this was not the first time that he had not obeyed the Lord. The Lord took the kingdom away from Saul.

We need to be aware of our actions. Are we truly obeying what God has commanded us to do? Or have we, like Saul, done what we thought was better and expect God to put his stamp of approval on it? Rejection of what God has instructed, rebellion, is just as bad as any other sin.

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