Simple Obedience

1 Chronicles 14:16-17 David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer. And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.”

At the time when the prophet Samuel went to anoint a new king over Israel, God brought him to the house of Jesse, the Bethlehemite. Saul, the first anointed king over Israel, had failed in simple obedience to God’s orders on what to do with the Amalekites.

In so doing, he disqualified himself from being king.

God then brought Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint the man who would succeed Saul. As he did, He saw the firstborn, Eliab, and thought that he has the look of a king. But God had the last say in the matter:

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

All of Christendom remembers David as a man after God’s own heart. We remember Saul as the man who sought after the witch of Endor when God had passed his judgment on him. We know that Saul was saved.

When he did seek the witch and call up the spirit of Samuel, Samuel said that he would be with him for he was to die in battle that very day. We can have sympathy for Saul. All he did was alter the plan God gave him just a wee bit. But in so doing, crossed a line God never meant for him to pass.

When Samuel confronted him, I think things may have gone differently had Saul admitted and humbled himself. Instead, he lied and tried to cover it up. Saul spouted his version of obedience to Samuel when he should have confessed.

I wonder how often we justify our sin by calling it “interpretation” or “perspective” thinking that because we are saved, God is accepting of how we view His Word and His commandments versus what should be our simple obedience.

1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Many have their version of holiness. Often, we will argue over what God calls holiness and agree to disagree, calling it a difference of opinion. But is it? If we all have the same Holy Spirit, and one of His duties is to lead us and guide us into all truth, wouldn’t we all come to the same conclusion? Or is God confused?

It is no more right to claim you have a corner on the truth than it is to secularize holiness and call it holy. But shouldn’t there be some agreement if we have the same Spirit living inside us? It seems a simple enough truth and principle to agree upon, don’t you think?

Yet, throughout the ages, religious factions have split and splintered off because of these very things.

David sought to please God with all his heart. He was a seeker of truth. He upheld that which God showed him was right and fought for it with all his might. Was he perfect in his judgments – of course not. It was his heart’s attitude and direction that held God’s attention and favor.

The employment of that desire made him the man after God’s own heart. It wasn’t just his desire, it permeated his thoughts and his actions. A seeker of truth who lives by the truth he seeks will never lack for God’s blessing, protection, and provision.

May we shed that which clouds our judgment and be simple, honest, seekers of truth. Then, when we find it, have the character enough to put it into action once we do.

May your day today be blessed!

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