Hearing and Obedience

Re: Verse reading – 1 Samuel 15:1-35 (day one) 
This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel. . . go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them.”  (v 2)  The basic assumption of our faith is that God speaks and when He does, we are obligated to obey. No protest is allowed for personal or humanitarian reasons.  God is judge.  He is holy and fair in all that He decides–who can doubt this without placing ourselves above Him?  Like the authorities in Romans 13 who are given a “sword” and commanded to use it for good, Saul is obligated to obey and guilty when he fails.  “Faith comes through hearing” says Romans 10:17.  When we hear God, we have the opportunity to trust him.  When we trust God, we have the responsibility to obey Him.  Until I hear, I cannot believe.  Unless I obey, I do not believe.  Hearing =faith.  Faith = obedience.  Always.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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