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I Sam 15:22-25 So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” 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. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.”
Saul was the first king of Israel. He heard from God through Samuel to completely destroy the Amalekites and their belongings. ‘Nothing should be spared’, this is the command from the Lord. Saul obeyed to the command and went to fight against Amelakites. He obeyed the command of the Lord, so what is the problem. The problem is he did not completely obey what he heard from the Lord. This is the next barrier. In the same chapter, verse 9 says, “…and were unwilling to destroy them”. He was unwilling to destroy the best things. He reserved those fatlings for the sacrifice of the Lord. How did he come to that conclusion? He did that to please his men and not wanting to get bad name from them. As a king, he feared the people more than he feared God (Verse 24). Because of this partial disobedience, he was not able to receive the word of God anymore. The Spirit of God departed from him (I Sam 16:14) and the Lord did not answered him when he inquired through prophets, dreams or by Urim (I Sam 28:6). He was not able to hear the voice of the Lord anymore. Like Saul many today does the spiritual things not according to the ‘exact’ will of God that was given to them. This is because they either want to please their surroundings (family, friends, fellow believers etc) or fear of traditions. Many obey other’s voice more than the voice of God and trying to find a way to satisfy both God and men. This trying will make us error and that becomes a barrier in receiving the word of God in our life. When we remove this veil from our midst, then we can clearly hear Him what He says regarding to our spiritual and everyday living. Let us ask for repentance if we have disobeyed the voice of God to please other men and turn back to Him. He is willing to forgive us through His abundant grace, and then again, we can start walking with the Lord.