1 Samuel 15 – Obedience! Obedience!!

Good Morning y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel
with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 15 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

In this chapter we see Samuel give Saul an instruction from the Lord to destroy ALL the Amalekite’s.

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.”(v2-3 NLT)

Nothing was to be spared, yet we see Saul and his men choose to do what pleased them. They chose which part of the instruction to obey. Rather than kill ALL as God instructed they chose to keep the king and any other treasure they find worthy.

Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality”. (v7-9 NLT)

The instruction to Saul was very simple yet he chose to disobey. This really broke God’s heart to the extent that God told Samuel He regretted making Saul King.

Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night”.(v10- 11NLT)

That’s very deep. I’m not sure I read any where else in the bible where God specifically said He regretted a decision He made. That’s how much Saul’s disobedience aggravated God despite the fact that Samuel warned him and Israel (during his coronation) to be loyal and faithful to God; and to obey His commands.

Samuel met with Saul and challenged him regarding his disobedience to the Lord’s command. Saul replied that he obeyed. His rationale for keeping the animals was so he could offer sacrifices to God. Now my question is, did God ask him for the sacrifice? If God needed sacrifices why didn’t he tell him to keep the animals in the 1st place.

“But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”(v22-23)

I wonder how many times we assume we know better than God. Instead of us to obey Him plain and simple, we twist His commands to suit our selfish motives. This action cost Saul not only the throne but to be completely rejected by God. He had no opportunity to repent. God was done with him completely. Obedience is definitely better than sacrifice.

I’m praying for us that the grace of God will not expire in our lives, that the grace to be obedient the Lord will grant unto us.

I’ll leave us with the words of the Psalmist in Psalms 19: 13-14

“Don’t let me do wrong  on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life.Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault. Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord,  because you are my mighty rock and my protector”. (CEV)

Thanks for joining today. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed weekend 🙂

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1 Samuel 14: The battle is the Lord’s 

Good evening y’all. We are continuing our study of the first Book of Samuel with the Good Morning Girls and will be looking at chapter 14 today

I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂

As I read through the chapter, I fell in love with verse 6. The verse gave me a renewed hope: just what I needed to start my day.

“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord . He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”(v6 NLT)

Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”(v6 MSG)

I absolutely love how Jonathan trusted God to deliver them from the Philistines. He understood that God can win a battle irrespective of the number of warriors available. He understood that their victory was solely dependent on God and not on human strength i.e the number of soldiers you have or weapons of war.

David Guzik in his commentary on verse 6 said: 

What wise courage in God! Many in Israel probably believed this as a theological truth. But few believed it enough to do something. Jonathan’s faith was demonstrated by his works.

i. Nothing restrains the LORD! Do we really believe it? Or does the title of J.B. Phillips’ book describe us: Your God is Too Small. We often feel that God is restrained in one way or another. In reality, the only thing that could be said to restrain God is our unbelief. In Matthew 13:58, it says of one time in Jesus’ ministry, He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. God’s power is never restrained, but His will may be restrained by our unbelief. He may choose not to act until we partner with Him in trust. God had a trusting partner in Jonathan!

ii. By many or few: What did it matter? Who cares about the odds or the point spread when God is on your side? The odds were already against Israel. Did it matter if it was a million-to-one or a thousand-to-one? Numbers or odds did not restrain God, but unbelief could. Jonathan never read the New Testament, but he had a Romans 8:31heart: If God be for us, who can be against us?

iii. Notice where Jonathan had the emphasis. He had little faith in himself, but great faith in God. It wasn’t “I can win a great victory with God’s help.” It was “God can win a great victory through even me.” As Meyer says, “He had the smallest possible faith in himself, and the greatest faith in God. His soul waited for the Lord; in Him was centred all his hope, and from his gracious help he expected great things. All he aspired to was to be humble vehicle through which the delivering grace of God might work.”(David Guzik, blueletterbible.org)

I want to encourage someone today. God knows your struggles, so rather than trying to fix them yourself why not give them over to Him. Let God fight your battles for you. No matter how big the battle may be, God is more than able to give you victory. Don’t rely on your own strength or the strength of man.  Put your hope and trust in God completely like Jonathan did.

Psalms tells us that those who put their trust in God will not be put to shame. Luke 1:37 tells us that with God all things are possible.

Today why not put your trust in GOD and see Him fight your battles for you and give you victory.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to leave your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening