In 1 Samuel, Saul disobeyed God by keeping some of the ‘stuff’ that they took from the Amalekites after defeating them. When Samuel pointed this out to Saul, Saul rationalized the sin by telling Samuel that they did this so they could give the best of the sheep and cattle to God.
Samuel then tells Saul that the Lord didn’t want the burnt sacrifices as much as he wanted obedience. As a result of Saul’s disobedience and rebellion, God was rejecting Saul as king.
Well, NOW Saul admitted that the real reason he kept the plunder was because he was afraid of how his men would react if he destroyed it all like God wanted him to do.
Saul didn’t trust God. He didn’t believe God had his back. He got all wrapped up in being a hotshot king that everyone looked up to and he didn’t want to put any of this hero-worship into jeopardy.
So Saul made the ‘popular’ choice rather than the obedient one.
Do we ever do that? Are we ever more concerned about what other people think than what God thinks? Do we fail to take the more Godly position on issues sometimes because it may not go over well with others? What will people think?
We probably all do. Maybe even without realizing it.
Our goal is that this happens less and less as we make obedience to God an increasingly higher priority in our hearts and minds.
God trumps popularity.
We love you, Abba Father and we want to show you our love through our obedience.