God asked Saul to destroy all the Amalekites. He spoke through the prophet Samuel and told Him to do so.
But Saul left the best of the sheep and oxen and the king of the Amalekites and didnt kill them. ( 1 samuel 15:20-21)
The reason He didnt kill them was because ” He feared the people and obeyed their voice”. ( 1 samuel 15:24)
(1 samuel 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel ” I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.)
Saul became more focused on pleasing people than pleasing God. The reason He disobeyed God is Because “He feared them”.
But did He forget that the people did not choose Him? That God chose Him? He needed God in every battle to win. He needed God’s direction to know how to rule His people. But for a moment He started to fear them instead of God.
He kept the best of the sheep and oxen belonging to the amalekites, so He could sacrifice them to God. But God didnt ask for a sacrifice. He asked Saul to obey.
You don’t have to seek people’s opinion on obeying the word of God. You don’t have to fear that you will loose a friend or you will loose a boyfriend. You don’t have to fear that you will loose things.
Are you more afraid of people that are not in control of their own breath than the one who gives you life? Are you more worried about people who cannot protect you from evil than God who never sleeps nor slumber for you? Are you more worried about what the people who don’t know what tomorrow brings than the one who makes a new day?
God is merciful, God is kind, But we’ve got to Obey Him.
I used to seek people’s opinion about God’s word. Even though i knew the word myself. So I listened to friends and people’s opinion on whether I should stop fornicating. I was afraid of God, but i was more afraid of loosing someone I was not married to. And this was also the advocates of friends who went to church and believed in God. Before I began fornicating I was afraid, afraid because deep within me I knew God was not happy. But as time went on I began to think ” well every one around me says its fine”. But I didn’t realise how much fornication had eaten my peace. I didn’t realise how much it began to affect my relationship with God. I would go to church and worship and give offerings. But deep down God wanted me to surrender myself more than the offerings and the lip service I did.
The issue is I cant blame my friends for the decisions I took to disobey God. Because I had a choice. And no matter how people influence you to make a decision, at the end of the day they won’t face the consequences you will.
So first go to God’s word about the matter. What does God say about the decision you are about to make?
1 samuel 15: 22
Behold to obey is better than sacrifice.
God doesn’t want our lip service of sacrifices when we have not given Him our soul. He doesn’t want the devil to have entrance and do what He wants with us. He doesn’t want our souls to burn in Hell. He wants us to have peace, He wants us to rest in His bosom. He loves us.
We will be judged individually, not with friends, not with family, not with partners. We will be judged individually. Not on because we feared people more than God. When our soul, spirit and our bodies are powerless after death, where we end up will be a result of the choices we made whiles we were alive here on earth
Because Saul disobeyed God and followed people’s opinion instead of what God told Him to do, the Lord rejected Him from being King over Israel.
Our destiny can be diverted just by following the opinion of people instead of what God has said. Don’t reason with the truth, when you know what God’s word says follow What He says. God knows you more than your closest friend. He has the best in store for you and He has great plans ahead for you.