The story of David and Saul almost always reminds me of Jacob and Esau. They all beckon the question, why would an omniscient God create two people for different purposes in His grand plan only to reject one and choose the other? Seriously why would He reject someone He created, knowingly with all those flaws and mistakes? Saul’s heart issues were not anything new to God, He had dealt with the same many years ago through Pharaoh and many others. Neither was David’s lust new before God, Abraham pimped his own wife for material gain. But still, God chose and He chose David over Saul yet He created them that way. So what is this difference that makes murderers get chosen over those who look to their own needs? I humbly would like to suggest that God honors men who choose Him and His ways despite their inadequacies. Maybe how David always came back ashamed and full of repentance to a God who knew him so well was what made the difference. Could it be choosing to honor God for whom He is and not what we think He is, is what makes the big difference? Could it be always coming back in reverent awe of how big He is, is a worship God deems better than all our sacrifices? Could it be obeying everything He says, even thou we may question it at times, is what pleases Him? Could it be my staying put and honoring Him with my time at Kinara is what will count as the ultimate sacrifice and not the things I do while am here?
Do you wonder ever wonder if your works are acceptable to God? Do you desire to honor God so much but don’t know how? May i suggest that we try obedience. Doing anything He asks of you even thou it may be uncomfortable? Maybe that is all it takes to win in life, obeying like Jonah, even if it means going over seas and in the belly of a fish. Obeying, unlike Saul, to destroy everything He says is harmful for you. Maybe you are of the same clothe from which David was cut and you have it in you to be a man after God’s own heart, you probably have it in you to lead your life with a heart of integrity and skill but disobedience wont let you.
Obedience does not necessarily mean you have to become a preacher or evangelist. Naaah, it may mean for you to simply say hi to that kid who is always bullied at school, or to forgive someone who did you wrong, or simply obeying that small voice that keeps asking you to pray. You wanna be a winner? You wanna be chosen despite all your mistakes? Obey. Not your thirst, but the Lord.
“Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much 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.” 1 Samuel 15:22