In today’s post, we’re going to look at why partial obedience is still disobedience. Many times we think it’s okay to obey God halfway, but it’s not.
In 1 Samuel 15, we find the prophet Samuel advising King Saul that God wanted the nation of Amalek destroyed because of their opposition to the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. Samuel told Saul that all the inhabitants and the livestock were to be destroyed, so Saul mobilized his armies and went up against the Amalekites.
But Saul made a grave mistake. He spared King Ahab and kept the best of the sheep and oxen, even though he had was fully aware of God’s command to utterly destroy the people and the livestock. The Lord then tells Samuel that He had rejected Saul from being king any longer. The prophet delivers the message to Saul, along with the chilling declaration that his rebellion is just as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as worshiping idols. Saul admits his sin, but it’s too late. There’s no going back.
Sometimes we think that partial obedience to a command of God is no big deal, but it cost Saul his kingdom. If you’re tempted to partially obey God, let the story of King Saul serve as a reminder of the consequences. And remember that you probably won’t know the repercussions until the damage is done.