November 8, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
3 Now go and completely destroy?*? the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys.’ ” 1 Samuel 15:3
God is a God of War…brutal…I definitely don’t have this comprehension. I think of God as pretty nice. I don’t think he is nice all the time.
10 Then the Lord said to Samuel, 11 “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has again refused to obey me.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night. 1 Samuel 15:9
Saul was supposed to wipe out all of the animals too, but he saved some of them to “sacrifice them to the Lord.” I can relate to the rational of Saul. I too think that I would have a tough time fully obeying a command like this. It doesn’t seem ‘smart.’ It seems silly that God asked him to waste all of those good animals.
Too often I don’t listen and obey…I rationalize, weigh out options and make my own decisions. I am thinking that it is a kingdom principle to submit. Submission. That sucks. Who likes to obey when it hurts, or when we think we are smarter? I don’t. I have, since I was a little boy, argued decisions. (BTW: I see the same attitude in my 3 year old daughter).
Father – Please give me the eyes to see my folly. Help me to obey when it hurts, or to obey when I disagree. I would like to be seen as faithful and obedient to you.