Partial Obedience is Disobedience

Then Saul struck down the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is next to Egypt. He captured Agag king of Amelek alive, but he completely destroyed all the rest of the people with the sword. Saul and the troops spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, cattle and choice animals, as well as the young rams and the best of everything else. They were not willing to destroy them, but they did destroy all the worthless and unwanted things. 1 Samuel 15:7-9 HCSB

What if we obeyed the traffic signal lights just part of the time? There would be mass chaos and accidents. What if our children only obeyed our direction to not touch the hot stove part of the time? They would get burned.

Saul did not completely obey God’s commands. In 1 Samuel 15:1-3, God commanded Saul to completely destroy everyone and everything. Saul destroyed everyone but the king because he wanted to take him and parade him in front of the Israelites to show how powerful he was as king. He also wanted to keep the best of the goods and livestock. Saul’s partial obedience was disobedience.

Challenge: God expects complete obedience. We cannot choose which commands we are going to follow and which we are going to reject. When we do so, we are taking God’s place and telling Him what we will do. Pray that you will completely obey God and follow His commands in every area of your life.

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