I Samuel chapter 15 tells about Israel’s first king, Saul.
Saul was the man God chose to be king, but soon decided that he did not need to do what God directed him to do. He thought that because he was king, he had the right to do what he wanted, not what God said.
He deliberately disobeyed when God told him to wipe out one of Israel’s enemies and leave nothing alive. He was unwilling to kill the best of the livestock, keeping them to sacrifice to the Lord.
He thought that because he killed everything but the choice livestock, he was following God’s orders. He figured that because he was going to use them to sacrifice to God, God was going to be pleased.
What Saul refused to see was that by not doing exactly as God had told him, he was still in disobedience to Him.
Because of his disobedience, Saul was rejected as king and was replaced by David.
When I read Saul’s defense of his actions, I thought of the times when I, too, had changed God’s directive for my life in small ways. I then tried to justify what I had done because I had only changed a tiny portion and did the rest as God had said.
When we deliberately twist or change what God wants us to do to suit ourselves, it is a conscious sin against God; oftentimes bringing consequences that we do not want.
When we have given our lives to Him, He wants us to set aside our own selfish ways and follow Him completely.
As I sit here writing this, I have to ask myself, How can we be so stupid as to not follow what God is telling us?
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2011