Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, January 27
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
The Willingness To Obey God
I Samuel 15:9 NKJV “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.”
The operative word, for me, in the verse above is “unwilling”. When you are unwilling to do a thing, you are not ready, not eager, and not prepared to do it. It’s different from being unable to do something; being unable has to do with ability, but being unwilling is an attitude, it has to do with your mind, your will. Saul and the people could do what God asked them to do, but they chose not to obey God. How did God react? He said to Samuel, “I GREATLY REGRET that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.”
Why didn’t Saul do exactly what he was asked to do? Because he wanted to be popular with the people! He said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I FEARED THE PEOPLE AND OBEYED THEIR VOICE.” The question is who are you going to choose to obey? Your friends, your flesh, your boss, or your partner? Saul couldn’t be excused because he was king, and he had both power and authority over the people.
Proverbs 3:7 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.” God sent Isaiah to say to the Israelites, “If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”. There’s nothing God has asked us to do that we cannot do. I John 5:3 says that His commandments are not burdensome. If you are willing, you will.