“And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord. I have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.””
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Have you ever tried to confront someone with the truth and they just wouldn’t see it. Saul had been caught not doing what God had commanded. God send Samuel to confront him about not doing what He had commanded. But Saul just wouldn’t see it. And now that Samuel was getting more insistent with his charge, Saul was trying to deflect and point the blame other places.
Because Saul was king, the final decision of what to do with the spoil of the enemy lay entirely with him. The buck stopped with him. When confronted with his failure, though, Saul tried to blame the people. If this was true, it meant Saul didn’t have any control over the people which was a separate indictment in itself. There was just no way out of the mess Saul was facing here.
When we are faced with the truth of our sin, there’s just one response that makes any sense: repentance. God knows what we did. He’s just when He judges. We might as well get over the remainder of our pride and own it. That’s when forgiveness can come. God can’t forgive someone who doesn’t think she needs it. He can’t redeem someone who thinks he’s already been redeemed. Don’t follow Saul’s path here. Take God’s assessment. Turn from your sins. Receive the life that only He can give.