Almost Obeying (1 Samuel 15:8-9)

1 Samuel 15:8-9


8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.


            Have you ever found yourself almost willing to obey?  Have you ever thought that you were going to follow God to a point, but not to go too far?  Have you ever wanted to tell God that you would do one thing, but not another?  If so, you were disobedient.


             1 Samuel 15 is the account of King Saul’s final disobedience before God told him through Samuel that he would lose the kingdom.  God had charged Saul with destroying an enemy people completely.  Saul was willing to obey to a point.  He was willing to destroy the things he wanted to destroy.  But, when it came to destroying treasures and spoils that Saul wanted to keep, he turned up his nose at the command of God.


            You know, it is very easy to think like King Saul.  It is easy to obey God when you want to.  It is hard to obey in areas where, well, obeying is hard.  It’s sort of like a child who finds eating chocolate cake easy, but broccoli hard.  However, to be obedient to God, we must be determined to follow him when following is easy and when following is not.


            This would be a good place for you and me to take time to think pretty clearly about how we obey.  Where is obedience easy?  Great, keep that up.  Where is obedience hard?  Where are you tempted to tell God, “I won’t give you that much?”  In those places, remember what disobedience cost Saul.  Remember that partial obedience is disobedience.  Ask God to grant you the heart and character to follow him all the way.