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Spiritual Intelligence: We Don’t Need Another Hero

And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

Good morning friends. Prophet Samuel delivered a task to King Saul. The instructions were simple, utterly destroy the Amalekites. Before we delve any further, allow me to add at this point that this project originated from God, so Samuel was only his mouthpiece. It was presented to Saul with clear instructions, goals and outcomes. God even went the extra length to highlight the reason and importance of this mission.

Sadly, Saul did not deliver with the seriousness that the mission required. He set out, but decided to make modifications along the way. He never sought approval, as he didn’t think it was necessary. He felt he knew better, so he did it his way – and here lies the conundrum dear friends. We see this same error in different guises as we read through the leaves of the holy writ. Different people, different era, different situation – but same problem.

Not too long after the Israelites were delivered from Egypt, a stern warning was issued to them by God on the dangers of slipping into this same compromising position. At this point they were still in the wilderness, but even then God provided them with insight and guidance through prophetic instructions, with a view that they avoid the pitfall of the garden of Eden, when the tempter asked:

Did God say?

This killer punch of a question came unexpectedly, landing Eve on the floor, leaving her wide opened to further assaults from the enemy. She didn’t see it coming, she was caught completely off-guard! So, Moses presciently relayed these words to them in the hope that they stay faithful to God: in sickness and in health, for rich or poor, forsaking all others.

when you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Wow! How amazing… In the words of the psalmist:

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Friends, the mission was carried out Saul’s way, instead of God’s way. The design, and specifications of the originator was shelved for a hybrid that was too expensive and simply not fit for purpose. The project went over budget, Samuel had to be drafted in to carry out a mop up operation. The project had been poorly executed – it was a disaster.

Therefore Saul was called in for a project evaluation meeting with Project Director Samuel, needless to say that it was a heated meeting, here is a snippet from Samuel’s angle:

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?”

Those words:

When you were little in your own eyes…

Friends, God is not after another hero, He paid the ultimate price through the death of His son. All He desires is our obedience and the rest is history.

~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Recruitment, Selection And Election

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?”

Good morning friends. The gift of Freewill can be viewed as a blessing or a curse to humankind, depending on the lens of ones observation, and the context in focus.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at the passage we have just read. Here we see that Saul was given clear instructions for the campaign against the Amalekites. This mission was not a pre-emptive or defensive strike, but an offensive one based on previous actions of the Amalekites as outlined through God’s agent in these words;

I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt

So, we see their actions (based on freewill), which ultimately led to God’s judgement. The agent for God’s punishment was the armies of Israel through the leadership of King Saul – and here lies the conundrum dear friends. God is the ultimate judge of all actions; by Him all actions are weighed. He does not control man’s action, He sees the motives behind every action. But He needs people to carry out his plan on earth; He needs people to do His will, and execute His purpose.

Sadly Saul’s actions like Achan’s in the days of Joshua was motivated by pride and greed. He chose to do it his way, with a view to fit God in somehow. His plan was to show off king Agag, enrich himself and some of his soldiers, and give a little sacrifice (perhaps a tithe) to appease God. But friends, God cannot be bribed, flattered or seduced; its either His way, or no way. Saul had made shipwreck of his ministry, he had to be replaced.

In closing, let’s hear the verdict of God concerning the action of the man he entrusted to do His will;

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

God is always recruiting. His campaigns are for two distinct purpose; to either replace or to succeed. In this case, David was recruited as a replacement and not a successor.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Eyes of The Lord

Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

Good morning dear friends. I submit to you this morning that our destiny is in our hands. In the grand scheme of things God has a plan for humanity, but these plans can only be unravelled through our cooperation with Him. In our opening verses, God used the following words to describe the state of King Saul’s heart to Samuel; “I regret that I have made him king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions”. Simply put, his disobedience got heaven looking for a replacement. The Lord’s matter is of supreme importance, no man can hold heaven to ransom. The search for a successor had started.

This my friends explains the process of Calling and Election. Saul was called, but as a result of his actions, he was ultimately not chosen (election). Yet he continued as king until God found a replacement, and His replacement was ready to ascend the throne,

…for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

We see this process of divine succession planning at play all through the pages of the bible. In fact when Amos caught light of this revelation; he boldly declared;

The Lord will surely do nothing until He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets.

So in crystallising this thought, I lend from the prophecies of Hanani, when he was sent to confront king Asa on his decision to make an unholy alliance against an attack from an enemy nation. This angered The Lord because the enemy in question could not be compared in strength, size or capability, to the ones The Lord had delivered him from previously. So he said;

… For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.’

“Heaven helps those who help themselves” ~ Algernon Sidney

We help ourselves, and we attract the attention of almighty God, when we walk in humility and obedience to His word; when we have been found faithful in the little things that have been committed into our hands.

Lets us pray. Father let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Let your spirit be at work in me, to will, and to do only what is pleasing to you. Let not my slippery footstep slide, Lord hold me so I do not fall. Amen.

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~ Sabali