First Samuel 15
- This chapter is one of the better known chapters in the book. Saul had been commissioned by the Lord to destroy the Amalekites, but he failed in his execution of the Lord’s will. Consequently, the Lord had Samuel break the news to the king of Israel that the Lord has rejected him as king over the nation; in fact, the Lord has chosen one better than Saul. Saul was distraught over the word of Samuel, and he sought some sort of acceptance by the prophet in front of the people that he lead and served.
- Application: A great chapter to address our own problems today. When we seek the approval of those around us we tend to lose sight of that which is in front of us. Saul did much of what the Lord wanted done, but because he failed (refused) to do all that the Lord said, the Lord attributed to him an evil deed (15:19). When he tried to explain himself to Samuel he fingered exactly the problem (15:24). Having fingered the problem what shall we say is the solution? The solution is easy to see and understand (Matthew 6:33), but implementing the solution is another matter altogether. However, implementation is what we need to do. What is that which is most important to us in this life? Our answer will determine the effectiveness of our solution.