1 Samuel 15:1-29

1 Samuel 15:1-29

Vintage message from August 23, 1998.

Do you realize God fights our battles for us? God has not given us the responsibility or the right to exact revenge on our enemy? He’s the one that will do it, and the only time we have involvement is if He asks us to have involvement… God Himself wants to take the revenge for us because He knows the reasons why revenge needs to be brought. We don’t. We do it out of anger. We do it out of bitterness. God does it out of justice and righteousness…

Are we just serving God or do we truly trust and believe God? …How many times do we find ourselves questioning God in this way? God asks us to do something. God asks us to go through something. God puts something in our path, and we begin to look at it, and we begin to say, “Why would God do that? I’m not going to do that! God wouldn’t want me to be hurt. God wouldn’t want me to be inconvenienced in any way. After all, God’s a loving God. God loves everybody and everything. God wouldn’t want me to do anything that would cause discomfort or be discomforting.” We begin to question God’s motives. We begin to question why God is doing what God is doing and how He’s doing it, and when we don’t like it, then we change it to suit us! …We can make serving God the way we want to serve Him, even if it’s how He wants to be served or not, sound so righteous…

Now the question is asked: …does God delight in the things we can do for Him over obedience to what He has asked us to do? …It is better to obey than to make the sacrifice, because in obedience we see God do more powerful, greater things…

Part of the problem that we have in the world today, we don’t feel we have to take God’s Word literally. I mean, after all, God didn’t really mean that… When God wants us to take the Bible figuratively, He explains it and makes it clear that it is figurative. Otherwise, we take God’s Word literally. When God says to do it, we do it even if we don’t understand it. Even if it’s hard for us, we do it because God says to do it, and we believe it because God says it will happen… We have a mishmash of beliefs in our world today because people do not take the Bible literally. Well, let me tell you. Take God’s Word the most literal that you can, and I will tell you, you won’t be far off on its interpretation.

Pastor Dave Elkins