Samuel was a prophet, faithful to God, who obeyed the Lord's direction to anoint Saul as the first king of Israel. It didn't have to be something Samuel wanted to do, in order to obey. For faithfulness to God doesn't pick and choose by emotion. Rather, it acknowledges God as our unchangeable truth.
I mean, why argue with truth?
It's true, right?
But what if it hurts my feelings?
What if it goes against my opinion?
And what if keeps me from doing what I want?
You see, unfortunately, we have grown accustomed to doing what we want, when we want, and how we want. And seldom to we really contemplate truth. Rather we just go with our gut... what feels good, or seems right that day.
Even if it's not how God sees it.
For God's opinion on ANY matter is, in fact TRUTH.
And He's not going to change His mind.
After Samuel anointed Saul as king, he advised Saul as to how to win the battles with God on his side. But Saul only listened to the parts he liked, the parts he agreed with. And when Samuel confronted him... asking why Saul kept the best of the plunder for himself and his troops, rather than destroying it, Saul made excuses.
Saul actually said...
“But I did obey the Lord!” Saul answered. “I went on the mission the Lord gave me: I brought back Agag, king of Amalek, and I completely destroyed the Amalekites. The troops took sheep and cattle from the plunder--the best of what was set apart for destruction—to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
1 Samuel 15:20-21
Saul simply picked and chose the pieces of God's direction which he liked and ignored the rest. Then he blamed the troops, and covered with... oh, and we were going to give them as a sacrifice to YOUR God.
Amazing how we can do that as humans. Only hear what we want to hear.
I'll admit that I do it. Like, Wait... what God? I didn't catch that last part, I was too busy thinking about myself and what I'd do with all I've achieved.
And God, our unchangeable truth is looking down at me thinking, Wait... what? Didn't I give you success, achievement and all that stuff around you?
Because what He asks is not always easy.
And obedience is not always the most fun thing.
And while God doesn't change His mind about truth, He can still change the outcome based on my obedience. And that's what happened to Saul.
For God said to Samuel...
“I regret that I made Saul king, for he has turned away from following Me and has not carried out My instructions.”
1 Samuel 15:11
But this is not the same type of regret we experience. For we regret negative things in our life... things we did do... and things we didn't.
But God regrets giving good blessings which we don't value or acknowledge to Him, and then He has to take them from us because of our disobedience. He still loves us. He still pursues our hearts. But consequences of our actions can change the blessings we receive.
For Saul it was losing his entire kingdom... his future.
Just as swiftly as God made him king, He unmade him.
Just as quick as He gave Saul victory, He took it away.
Let us realize... I mean really take to heart the meaning of truth. Let us make wise choices based on obedience, rather than trusting our fickle feelings for the day.
For our God is a good God who desires to bless His children. And even though we may not understand in the moment, we can goose to obey and trust that He is our Unchangeable Truth for eternity.
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