Father Knows Best

“Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” I Samuel 15:7-9

Our Heavenly Father always knows what’s best for us. When we forget that, we begin to get ourselves into trouble. That is what happened to King Saul in this passage of Scripture.

First, Saul took King Agag alive. Remember that God told Saul not to spare anyone.

Next, Saul and his army kept, “the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good.” God told Saul to destroy everything that belonged to the Amalekites.

Scripture makes it clear that this was not just an “Oops, I forgot,” moment. This verse tells us that Saul and his army were unwilling to obey. They rebelled.

Obedience is a choice. It is an act of the will.

Are you willing to obey God?

If you are unwilling to obey God, then you demonstrate that you do not love Him, and you are not living in Him.

I John 2:5 tells us, “But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.”

God has access to information that we do not. In this case, Saul’s failure to destroy King Agag and his people lead to a race of people, the Agagites, who hated the Jews. Haman, in particular, sought to exterminate all Jews (Esther 9:24).

Oh, the rippling impact of our individual acts of obedience and disobedience.

May we obey our Father’s voice today and always.


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