Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-23 (All Scripture quoted is NIV)
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Scripture Quote: Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. (Deuteronomy 25:17-18)
Amalek was a nation that was doomed by God because they attacked the weakest of the Israelites as they journeyed out of Egypt. God used Samuel to instruct Saul, the king of Israel, to attack and destroy the Amalekites and all that belonged to them. Saul followed only some of God's instructions - He spared Agag, the king of Amalek, along with the best of his sheep and cattle. God regretted that he had ever anointed Saul to be king of the Israelites because He did not do what God wanted.
God has not made people to be automated to do whatever He wants. Our Sovern Father shows us the best choices for our lives, but He leaves it up to us to do what He decrees in His Word. We can choose not to follow any of God's best plan for our lives. He will not force us to obey. However, we have no right to expect God's blessings on our lives while we are disobeying Him. Either we know that God's Ways are truly the best possible path for us, or we don't. Follow the Lord your God with reverence and total obedience - Experience the abundantly joyful life He has planned for you.
Today’s meditation: Choose to keep an obedient heart.
Memory Verse: If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; (Isaiah 1:19)