When We Obey
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:30-35
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 15:23
“For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”
Unfortunately another word to describe King Saul was “arrogant.” God had appointed Saul to this position. God had blessed Saul with many material possessions. God had fought for and protected Saul and the Israelites against their enemies. So much was given to King Saul, yet he turned arrogant rather than grateful. This arrogance broke God’s heart. Read 1 Samuel 15:35, the last phrase: “And the Lord was grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want God to grieve over the blessings He may choose to bestow upon my life! I don’t want to behave in any way that would cause God to be broken hearted! This month is dedicated to just the opposite: How to delight God! Our pride, any hint of arrogance, will destroy the delight from God’s perspective of us. None of us would make a wooden structure of some image, put it in the middle of our home and bow down to worship it. Most of us know that would be the horrible sin of idolatry. In today’s scripture, the prophet Samuel reminds us that arrogance is like the evil of idolatry! Think about that from God’s point of view, an arrogant person might as well be bowing down to a manmade image and worshipping false gods!
Let’s determine to stay humble before the Lord and delight Him today! Take captive any thoughts of evil pride and arrogance; replace those thoughts with praise for God’s work and favor in your life!
Father, everything good in my life comes from you. Don’t let me take credit for your gracious favors. My talents are but a gift to me from you, for the purposes of blessing others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.