Then Samuel said, Do you think all God wants are sacrifices— empty rituals just for show? He wants you to listen to him! Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production…Saul gave in and confessed, “I’ve sinned. I’ve trampled roughshod over God’s Word and your instructions. I cared more about pleasing the people. I let them tell me what to do.1 Samuel 15: 22, 24
As I read through, 1 Samuel 15 this morning, I found myself feeling sorry for Saul. I think I felt sorry for him because I could see that his sin was one that each of us is capable of committing. Saul was given a mission with specific instructions. He carried out the mission but in the process he twisted the “rules” and moved forward the way he was comfortable moving forward.
Don’t we all do that sometimes? We say to God: “Look, God, I’ve done what you have asked me to do. See, I’m doing it 90% your way. I’ve only changed 10% of the plan. What’s wrong with that? Come on, God.”
But God doesn’t want 90% of our heart. If he did, then that verse in Proverbs 3 would read: Trust in the Lord with 90& of your heart and lean not on your own understanding…
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27