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Surely This Is What God Wants

(1 Samuel 15:13-15 NKJV) (13) Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD.” But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
(1 Samuel 15:20 NKJV) (20) And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
I Have Obeyed, I Have Performed the Commandment of the Lord
When I go to a funeral and hear people say, “He or She would have wanted us to do this or that” I always cringe.  Because sometimes I know the person in the casket and I doubt very much if they would have wanted this or that.  Perhaps memorial money is to be given to certain charities that I know the person did not support.  Perhaps a preacher that I know preaches things that the deceased did not really believe is asked to take part in the funeral.  I could go on and on.  Usually, when I hear the phrase “that is what so and so would want, I assume that this is what the living want and not what the dead want.
Again, I have noticed that many people want recipes from those who have baked or cooked something that they really liked.  But when the person who asks for the recipes serves the food they have prepared, it doesn’t really taste like the original dish tasted.  So when the person who used the recipe is asked, did you follow the recipe that you were given?  The answer is usually, yes, but I thought the original recipe called for too much sugar and so I didn’t put as much in as the recipe called for.  The recipe called for nutmeg and I didn’t have any so I used all spice.  And then they wonder why the new dish doesn’t taste like the original.
Following Directions
The point is that we all have trouble following directions and because of that we really are not obedient.  Saul feared the people but he also assumed that the Lord would want the “best” of the animals that were supposed to be destroyed.  After all, sacrificing them would destroy them, would it not?  God said he disobeyed
When we change a recipe and expect the finished product to be as good as the original, we are certainly exhibiting pride in our own culinary skills.  We shouldn’t try to make something better that is already good without specific instructions dealing with the changes.  
Let’s don’t disobey thinking we are pleasing God by doing so.  Let’s don’t change the recipes (the new testament directives for Christians) and assume that the end result will turn out “tasting” good.  If we aren’t careful we will be like Laocicea and God will vomit us out of HIs mouth.  He says, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see (Revelation 3:18).”
Bruce Collins
Meditation for the week of April 11, 2021

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