Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

“But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.” I Samuel 15:20-21

“Did you take the last piece of cake that I was saving for your father?”

“No, Mom. I don’t know who took it?”

“Well then, why do you have chocolate on the sides of your mouth?”

“Oh, um . . . I needed to finish this last piece of the old cake off so that Daddy could have a fresh new cake. I misunderstood your question.”

Have you ever experienced anything like that?

Oh, what tangled webs we weave . . .

In this passage of Scripture, King Saul was cold busted. He had disobeyed God by bringing back King Agag, and by keeping the best of the livestock. God specifically told him to destroy everything and everyone, but do you see how Saul responds to Samuel when he’s caught in the act? He says, “But I did obey the Lord.”

It was a complete lie.

Saul goes on to justify his actions by telling Samuel that he kept the best of the plunder in order to sacrifice them to the Lord at Gilgal.

Do you ever try to justify your sin, your disobedience?

When we do this, we miss out on God’s protection. We miss out on the beauty of His perfect plan for us, and we hurt others, too.

God only wants us to obey Him so that we can have life, and not just any ol’ life. He wants us to have abundant life. Satan lies to us and tells us that our way is better.

 It’s not.

“Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name (Isaiah 26:8).”

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