Why give excuses? Simply obey!
So Samuel said: Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold to obey is better than sacrifices, And to heed than the fat of rams.” 1 Sam.15:22
Saul, Israel’s king was to go out to war against Amalek under strict instructions from God for their unkind behaviour towards Israel in their days of sorrow. Saul was expressly instructed not to spare any; whether man, woman, children and even the very young and animals were to be killed (verse 3).
Rather than listen to God’s command and do acordingly, Saul and men of Israel did exactly the opposite; they killed some and spared some. ”But Saul and the people of Israel 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.” (verse 9).
The command was very simply; destroy all, but the bible says that Saul and the people of Israel disobeyed! They killed people and animals of no value or worth but kept for themselves those that had value. God was grieved because of this — He regretted making Saul king. But God knew this would happen, so He was not surprised, rather He was concerned for Israel His people and their King.
When Samuel eventually met Saul after the war, three things happened: (1) Saul pretended to have obeyed the LORD but in truth he knew he had not. (2) He blamed the people for his foolish action rather than accept responsibility as King. (3) The leadership of Israel was taken from him and given to someone else.
If Saul had obeyed the LORD fully he would not have had to lie, he would have been bold enough as King to give Samuel in details and truth the state of affairs in Israel’s camp, and he would have remained King over Israel. In short, disobedience made way for lies and both cost him his Kingship.
As we enter 2012, we all must be determined in our hearts to obey the LORD just as He has directed. Saul failed as King because of disobedience and lies and he lied because he feared. What has God asked or called you to do? To succeed in it, you must be prepared to obey instead of sacrificing the best sheep or whatever thinking such can take the place of obedience. If God requires sacrifice, He will ask for it. So do not give Him what He did not asked for or do what He did not tell you. God cherishes our obedience to Him above all else.
Do you want to succeed in your life and ministry? Just obey God. If you do obey, there will be no need for lies and fear. For perfect love for God breeds obedience just as perfect love casts out fear. Saul did not have love for God, he was proud and full of himself. You must not be as he was. Rather love God and in this love, obey Him in all He commands and you shall succeed.