By Sylvia Stewart
Today's Scripture: I Samuel 5:22
Central Thought: Implicit obedience brings blessing.
The ability to say 'no” is more important than all theology. Disobedient Bible characters show us it is dangerous to disobey God. Here are three faulty ways of thinking:
- God didn't really mean….
The crafty serpent said to Eve, 'Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'” (Genesis 3:1). Satan's deceptive question really meant, 'God didn't mean you couldn't taste it—just don't strip the tree.” God gave us a creative mind, but He does not want us to creatively tweak His commands to suit ourselves.
- Everyone else—not me
King David thought his kingship placed him above God's Law (Exodus 20:14, 17). In spite of his knowledge of God's Law, David thought, 'I can do what I want—I am the KING.” Because of David's sin, judgment fell on his family.
- Pushing the edge
In today's passage, Saul knew God had commanded him to completely destroy the Amalekites (I Samuel 15:2–3). Saul pushed the edge of obedience too often. His pride multiplied until he did not realize he had sinned. Samuel rebuked him: 'Obeying God is better than saving cursed animals to offer as sacrifices.”
Obedience brings blessing—disobedience, hardship and pain. May we learn to implicitly obey God. After all, He created us, and He knows what is best for us.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to obey You today.
Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 15:1-16:23; John 8:1-20; Psalm 110:1-7; Proverbs 15:8-10