Please read 1 Samuel chapters 15, 16, and 17:1-31. What are you thinking about today? Leave a comment and let’s visit!
The Amalekites have been a thorn in Israel’s side ever since they descended from Esau. Even though I dearly love a history lesson, I’ll spare you!
“Samuel said to Saul, “God sent me to anoint you king over his people, Israel. Now, listen again to what God says. This is the God-of-the-Angel-Armies speaking: ‘I’m about to get even with Amalek for ambushing Israel when Israel came up out of Egypt. Here’s what you are to do: Go to war against Amalek. Put everything connected with Amalek under a holy ban. And no exceptions! This is to be total destruction—men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys—the works.’” (1 Samuel 15:1-3 MSG)
We have to remember this particular day, when Saul exchanges his judgement for God’s judgement. Rather than utterly destroying the Amaleks, Saul kept alive what he thought was best – unfortunately this act of disobedience is going to come back and haunt him later. Put a bookmark here, we’ll re-visit it later.
Shortly after Saul’s disobedience and rejection as king, we see Samuel mourning for Saul, but God tells him to get up and get going:
“God addressed Samuel: ‘So, how long are you going to mope over Saul? You know I’ve rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your flask with anointing oil and get going’ ” (1 Samuel 16:1 MSG)
I think I’ve done that before too, mourned over something that God was done with in my life. When God tells us to move along, we ought to move forward and keep our eyes on Him and what’s next!