FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST, 2018
THEME: PARTIAL OBEDIENCE
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 15:13-23
MEMORY VERSE: 1 SAMUEL 15:22 “But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'”
In a football game, there are two teams in a contest to outdo each other. Each team is led by coaches who organize and determine the strategy for the contest. He instructs each player on the role to play for the overall success of the team. If, however, a player indulges in excessive dribbling in an effort to show off his skills instead of engaging in team play, the team might suffer defeat. Such lack of obedience or partial obedience has its consequence to the team and its players. One certain consequence is that the coach may end up dropping the offending player from the team. In the same manner, spiritual disobedience or partial obedience has its consequences. Saul was rejected because of his partial obedience to instructions due to personal reasons.
Let us look at why people do not obey instructions to the letter. Some of the reasons could be lack of trust in the leader instructing us. However, most times the major reason is selfish consideration. We try to impose our own selfish advantage over and above the collective good of the group we belong to. When we do this, we bring consequences, not only to ourselves when we fail to achieve the collective good because of our selfish motives but the whole group also ends up suffering for the wrong ambitions of a few. Today, God is saying we cannot place our own consideration above the collective good, especially when we are in a leadership position. It is a betrayal of trust.
HYMN: EMHB 403 – MY HEART IS FIXED, ETERNAL GOD,
PRAYER: When the joyful pleasures of the flesh beckon on me, Merciful Father, let Your Word always awaken my spirit to Your command in Jesus’ name.
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