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Lifelong Consequences of Disobedience

I Samuel 15:35
And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.

There are huge consequences for a leader's disobedience. Some specific items to note in this situation w/ Saul.
1) His unwillingness to lead (v. 9). Instead of obeying God's specific instruction regarding dealing with the Amalekites, it says that Saul and the people were "unwilling" to follow those instructions.
2) Listening to the opinion of men instead of the voice of God (v. 24). Saul's excuse was that he feared the people and obeyed thier voice. There is a place and time to recieve and respond to the popular opinion. but it can never override our responsibility to obey God's voice.
3) Justifying disobedience (v. 20). Keeping the king of the Amalekites alive was an attempt by Saul to exercise his poer. As as leader, I have a tendancy to do whatever will make me look impressive to others.
4) Needing public affirmation (v. 30). No matter what his motives were for his disobedience, Saul wanted to keep up his appreance in front of the people. He asked Samuel to go w/ him to worship, probably more as a sign to affirm Saul in the eyes of the people (especially after Samuel had just told him that the kingdom was being taken away from him).

Saul's actions (which started out small but became increasingly consequential as more excuses were piled on) resulting in the severing of his relationship w/ Samuel. Saul's disobedience caused a weight to be placed on Samuel's life for his lifetime. And most of all, God regretted making Saul king.

Lord, thanks for your grace that covers my failures. I want to live in it. But I also want to contend for obedience so that I don't sever any relationships, burden my inner circle, or cause You to regret choosing me.

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