When Saul was commanded to attack the Amalekites and devote all they had to destruction because of their sin, he obeyed God… sort of. He destroyed everything that was not desirable, but he and the people kept the good spoils of war for themselves.
After God spoke to him, Samuel came and confronted Saul with his disobedience. At this point, Saul began to make excuses.
First, he insisted that he had obeyed the word of the Lord. However, this was clearly not true. Samuel asked him “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?”
Clearly found out, Saul tried to excuse his disobedience. He replied “the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the Lord your God.” While this sounds honorable at first glance, it was not what the Lord had commanded.
Many churches attend to good things- worship, community, even service- but have we replaced the great commission with something that seems more comfortable?
Are we exchanging God’s command for something less? Are we usurping His direction with something that sounds good to us? God, help us to follow Your direction, and not ours.