Daily Devotion

TEST OF OBEDIENCE

Obedience is a big thing to God. God uses us to establish His will on earth. His will has set standards, so He requires you to follow set instructions to do it well. Disobedience messes things up for Him and for you. When you miss God you miss it and you lose direction. So God will test your ability to obey instructions and sometimes God’s instructions will be hard, but there is promotion to a new level when you obey them.

Saul, the first king of Israel was a chronic “disobeyer”. He had missed God several times, until the Lord tragically said “I regret that I made Saul King”. On that occasion he was supposed to annihilate the Amalekites, their animals and all they owned. Saul decided to save some people and livestock. The kingdom was torn from him. His vision for life destroyed, so much that he ended up committing suicide. Have you followed the instructions that God has given you?

SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 15.17-23

Samuel said, ‘Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, “Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.” Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?’ ‘But I did obey the LORD,’ Saul said. ‘I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal. ‘But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.’

DEVOTION PRAYER: Lord forgive me for disobedience. Help me to obey you. I commit to obeying you.

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