Focal Passage: 1 Samuel 15:7-15; 22-23
There is an account of a man whose dog had just been killed in a forest fire. In a heartbroken state, he recounted how it happened. He often took his dog with him when he worked outside. That particular day he left the dog in a clearing and commanded him to stay and watch his lunchbox. The faithful dog understood and did exactly that.
As the fire spread in the woods the blaze soon spread to the clearing where the dog was. True to his nature, he did not move in obedience to his master’s word. The owner then said, “I always had to be careful what I told him to do, because I knew he would do it.” How we admire the obedience a dog shows to its master!
The point in this passage of 1 Samuel is that God expects us to obey Him. We can often confuse the good for the best. Saul, in our account, wanted to worship God by offering the sheep as sacrifices to Him. It sounded like a good motive. The problem is that God had told them to destroy all things. Sacrificing to God was a wonderful worship desire. But, their disobedience negated the importance of the worship. How could they truly worship the One whom they had blatantly disobeyed?
Saul’s disobedient act would come with consequences. He would eventually lose the kingdom, and it would bring about his demise. God wants His children to learn from this account. Disobedience is sin in the eyes of God. Sin brings consequences, no matter the motive we might think we have. There can be forgiveness for the sin, but the consequences will remain. If you wreck your car while driving drunk, God will forgive the sin, but your car will still be wrecked.
We need to learn from the past accounts that God has saved in His Word to help keep us from falling in the same patterns and sins. We can be spared some very harmful results if we take His Word to heart. Obey, that’s the way.