The Heart of a Missionary-

Saul gone wild

Posted in Insights by misspicture on June 17, 2010

God gave Saul a clear instruction: “Attack and distroy the Amalekites. ALL of them and their flock”

But Saul thought he had a better plan and killed ALMOST everyone leaving the King alive.

God did not like this. He gave a command and expected it to be followed. I see pride in the life of Saul. He thought his plan was better than God’s. It goes downhill for Saul after this.

When we are not walking with God and following His commands there are TWO things we do.

1- We blame others and make up Excuses- 15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.” 1 Samuel 15:15

2- We blame others and make up Excuses- But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”  1 Samuel 15:20-21

I feel sorry for Saul. Im not really mad at him. He really thought he was obeying God by doing half of what God said. The truth is that he didnt really know God otherwise he would have known what to do.

what i really like about this passage is that in verse 32 Samuel does what Saul failed to do.

You are not powerful enough to mess up God’s plan. If you dont do it. Someone else will and God will always get the glory.

Stop making excuses and blaming others. 
and start doing what He has commanded. Sometimes this is not a big task, often times it only means falling back in love with God and start living like it.

I see i have some new readers around here. Id love to know what you think about this passage. What do you think about Saul?


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  1. Jon Mathieu said,

    I feel sorry for Saul, too. His life is a tragedy of envy and power-hungriness.

    And sadly, the themes of blaming and excuses are riddled through all of human history, all the way from the somewhat humorous blame game in Genesis 3:11-13. It’s cool that you can find certain ideas different places in Scripture. (Which reminds me, incidentally, of how the idea of God’s will being done whether you take part or not is in Esther 4).

    New staff training is awesome! I love our employer (and more importantly, the One who gave its founder the awesome vision for it).

    • misspicture said,

      Jon, your comments is better than the post itself.
      answer that fb message.

  2. misspicture said,


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