Devo Prosperity Part 17
1 Samuel 15:17-23 (NIV)
17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”
20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
22 But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”
Many people don’t prosper because they don’t obey and stop sinning. Saul was given a victory over his enemies. All he had to do was show up and fight. God told him go to battle and you will win, but give the plunder (seed) to me. God told Saul you could have had it all. I would had given you the kingdom for you children and descendants. Now I am taking it all away. He should have planted the seed. Can you imagine the blessing he would have had. It would have lasted for generations, instead he lost it all and brought down a curse on his family. All he had to do was obey. Give God back what God had given him. He wanted it to hang on to glory for himself. He listened to his men and did it to secure his kingdom, but lost it. He should have lost his life to save it. He worshiped himself more than God. He even set up a monument in his own honor. Prosperity comes with obedience. He wanted to spend it on himself. Too many people eat their seed.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane