The Lord God instructed Saul through Samuel, His representative, to destroy all the Amalekites, even the children, infants, cattle, sheep, camels and donkeys. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey. 1 Samuel 15:3 That may seem extreme, but that is what He commanded Saul to do. He didn’t tell him to “use his own judgment, as if Saul knew better than the Lord God!
Then the Lord God gave Samuel a word for King Saul: So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?” 1 Samuel 15:17-19
Keep in mind that the Lord God wants complete obedience to His Word, not a partial response. He wants man to trust Him and freely obey Him, even down to what may seem as the smallest detail. But Saul and his people thought they knew better than the Lord God and could make good use of that livestock. 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. But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” 1 Samuel 15:20-21 Remember, the Lord God told him to destroy all. Here is the Lord God’s response to Saul through His prophet Samuel: So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Now, concerning our top priority in discovering your God given purpose in life, King Jesus made it quite clear when He was speaking to His disciples. He started out by telling them not to worry and what their priority should be: Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34
Once you are obedient to His Word you will not have to pursue your purpose. The Lord and King will reveal it to you as He did to ambassador Paul. He first will get your total attention, and then He will give you what you need to live in victory in this world. He gives you the Holy Spirit—our Governor in the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit is the extension of the Lord God, sent to lead and guide those who love and obey God’s Word. King Jesus told His disciples about the Holy Spirit: And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:13-17
Discovering the Lord God’s purpose for your life hinges on your priorities. Your priority is not to seek your purpose, but to seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness. To do that, you must seek His Word and His rightness by desiring to be obedient to His constitution. When you desire His righteousness for your life above everything else, you will know the assignment He placed on your life. As Jesus told us, our Father will take care of everything else.
As He told the woman who said to bless His mother who bore Him: But He said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the Word of God and continually observe it.” Luke 11:28 AMP This is our priority and focus. And don’t worry about tomorrow either! (Matthew 6:34)
Remember, your faith in His Word is your greatest asset in His Kingdom.
All scriptures are New King James translation except where noted.
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