But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:26
England’s Sir Isaac Newton was the most brilliant mathematician and physicist of his day. His Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, published in 1687, gave expression to immutable laws of force in the universe—like the law of equal and opposite reaction. Put in a spiritual way, actions have consequences—we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).
All of our actions in life move us in one of two directions: toward God or away from God. Our actions either result in God’s blessing or God’s discipline. While there are many examples of this in Scripture, Israel’s King Saul is a good illustration. As Israel’s first king, he was given an assignment by God to subdue the neighboring Amalekites. Because he didn’t obey God’s directive completely, he was removed from being king. Saul thought God’s judgment was an overreaction; Samuel stressed that it was a matter of obedience. Only obedience leads to His blessing.
Think about the actions of your life today and the spiritual laws at work. Choose actions that will move you closer to God and His blessing.
[God] doesn’t demand our achievements; He demands our obedience. Charles Colson