Hey hey hey!
I’ve kinda gotten to a stage where I say “ain’t nobody got time for that” for many things.
This past week, I’ve studied the person of David and I’m still reading about him and his interesting life. Saul is someone whose role in David’s life can’t be ignored and you can’t talk about David and not mention Saul, even though he tried to kill David numerous times.
Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!” “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.
1 Samuel 20:30-33 NIV
Saul was known for killing (or trying to kill) what or who he wasn’t supposed to kill and keeping what he wasn’t supposed to keep. He even tried to kill his own son because of David.
I marvel whenever I read to what extent Saul tried to kill David who loved him like his own Father and loved Jonathan, his son like his own self.
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
1 Samuel 15: 9
But here he is, keeping what God asked to kill.
We can judge or claim to never be like Saul but many of us don’t really know things to kill or keep. This year, God asked me to do away with many things, things that weren’t bad things in themselves, but didn’t edify me either.
What has God been asking you to do? He might be asking that you wait for Him to bring Godly friends into your life but you may be stuck on people ‘you’ve known all your life‘ who you need to do away with.
God might even be asking you to kill a certain amount of sleep so that you can spend more time with Him. Which one will you keep?
Trust me, it’s not always a nice process because God might ask you to kill what you want to keep and keep what you want to kill; you will have to die to flesh but it is so worth it. Plus, God knows better anyway. Don’t try to use your intellect to weigh God’s instructions like Saul did. Don’t bring back the goods of a land that God doesn’t want and say you want to sacrifice it to Him.
When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the Lord’s command!”
“Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded.
“It’s true that the army spared the best of the sheep, goats, and cattle,” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them to the Lord your God. We have destroyed everything else.”
1 Samuel 15: 13-15
As a believer, you have to be careful not to think you know better than God. He desires and esteems obedience more than sacrifice. What’s the use of a sacrifice that is given out of disobedience in the first 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.”
1 Samuel 15: 22-23
Ask him today what you need to discard or keep. For many of us, it may pride that God wants to kill in our lives…
May God give us wisdom in Jesus name.
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