Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, February 14th, 2016
King Saul's... (Part 5)
Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.
1 Samuel 15:9 (NKJV)
When King Saul foolishly assumed the role of God's priest before a battle, God spoke through Samuel to remove the word, forever, from Saul's kingship. The eternal lineage of Israel's throne would pass to David's line. However, Samuel still advised Saul, and Saul was given new orders.

'Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them' (1 Samuel 15:2-3).*

But Saul disobeyed the Lord of Hosts. He spared the best of their possessions, including the top prize, King Agag. When Samuel confronted King Saul, Saul defended his compromises. Upon Samuel's condemnation, Saul confessed his people-pleasing goal.

He sought to please the men around him more than to please the Lord above him.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Compromising is tricky business. We serve an all-or-nothing Savior. This logic makes no sense to the world. So don't confuse short-sighted people with the limitless vision of God. Neither confuse respecting rulers (which is clearly ordained by the Lord) with respecting your Supreme Ruler.

Partial or sluggish obedience is the same as disobedience. Saul's straight line to God was Samuel. Now we have Jesus and His Spirit. So when God gives a commission and you hear it in your deepest heart, don't hesitate to fully obey.

To Be Continued...

* Full Chapter of 1 Samuel 15:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the King Saul's... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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