But Saul and the people 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. (1 Samuel 15:9)
We covered this passage of Scripture in Sunday School this morning, and it got me thinking. We all act like Saul did here. He was commanded by God to spare no person or animal. Saul and the Israelite army was to destroy everything. Yet, they only destroyed that which was useless. The people and possessions of value, they kept.
Most of the time, we too treasure our worldly possessions over our relationship with God. I am not just talking about material things (although this is a big part of it) but more importantly the most prized possession of all that we have: time. God wants us to use the time we have on this earth to serve and glorify Him, yet we choose to simply fit Christ into the cracks of time in our lives. We hold off doing our prayer time and bible study until we are finished with all the tasks of the world, then we find we are too tired to be effective in worshiping God. In the devotional I am reading, it talks about a gentleman in the Middle East who is called out for not sticking to the Muslim prayer times of his village, and his response was incredible to me.
“Prayer is an intimate conversation with God, and is should be done all the time, in (your) heart, rather than at specific times using the same phrases and postures.”
The society we live in does not think of prayer in these terms. We think it is a wish list, give me what I need and let me be conversation, when it is truly an intimate discussion with God. If we could change our mindset to that of this man, think of how much closer and deeper we could draw into God. All the time, speaking with our Creator in our deepest heart, trying to live every second for His glory.
Saul only wanted the earthly rewards of battle. He did not want to give anything to God other than the leftovers. He felt that was all God needed or deserved. I urge you to examine your life today and see the areas where you are doing the same thing. It does not have to be financial or material. Anytime you give God less than He deserves, you are being like Saul.
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