Are You a Saul or a David?

In 1 Samuel 15 through 17, we see a stark contrast between Saul and David and we can learn lessons from both of them.

 
 
Due at least in part to the fact that he is a people pleaser, Saul’s obedience to God is frequently incomplete. When God orders him to completely wipe out the Amalekites and kill all the people and their livestock, Saul lets the people talk him into keeping the best livestock for themselves. And then when he is confronted by Samuel, he claims he kept those animals so he can sacrifice them to God.
 
But God’s response to Saul teaches us a couple of important lessons:
 
1) Partial obedience is disobedience. We don’t get to pick and choose which of God’s commands we are going to obey. As James reminds us, when we disobey one part of God’s Word, we are guilty of disobeying it all (James 2:10).
 
2) God is much more interested in our obedience than in any religious ritual. Jesus would later make it clear that the real test of whether or not we love God is whether we obey His commands (John 14:21), not whether we go to church, or give an offering or engage in some other religious ritual. (That doesn’t mean that corporate worship and giving aren’t important. It just means they aren’t a substitute for obedience.)
 
David, on the other hand, is much more concerned about the things of God than the things of man. So when Goliath threatens to harm God’s reputation, David is willing to trust God and put his life on the line, even when no one else will do that.
 
Trusting God like that is always risky. Not everyone in the Bible who put their trust in God was spared like David. Just ask Stephen, who was stoned to death standing up for God, or the apostles, who, with the exception of John, suffered horrible deaths because of their obedience to God.
 
Are you a Saul or a David?

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