The Night God Grieved 2- Distractions in Amalek.
One of the most notable challenges faced by man are the distractions met at the place of purpose. Man has been distracted from the beginning of time , Adam and Eve were distracted by what appeared as knowledge, freedom and equality with God as painted by the devil. They forfeited God’s ultimate plan for man on the altar of distraction. The perceived appearance of the fruit made it difficult for them to concentrate on God’s instructions and assignments. Cain likewise focused more on the admonishments and Abel’s appraisal than his relationship with God. He thus lost focus of God’s ultimate plan for his life and he went ahead to kill his brother.
King Saul was instructed by God to annihilate the Amalekites, this he did without questioning God. He gathered his troops and they unleashed genocide on the Amalekites, everything in Amalek they destroyed. The only stones left unturned was the sparing of Agag and the best of cattle. Saul lost focus on the mission immediately himself and his troops saw animals that seemed pleasing to their eyes. He immediately forgot that God said, he should wipe out everything in the land – including animals. God did not ask Saul to spare animals whether good or bad for any reason. Subsequently, the prophet Samuel had a conversation with God, where the Lord was embittered that he had made Saul King. This event was one of the few accounts in the Bible were God Grieved over his decisions. God sure gave man will, but he always expected that we will submit our desires to his divine purpose for our lives. Saul spared the fat of animals, claiming to the prophet that he wanted to Sacrifice to the God of Samuel. God is not man that he should eat meat – the cattle upon a thousand hills belongs to him (Psalm50:10). If God were hungry, he wouldn’t tell Saul. King Saul was distracted by what he perceived would please the Lord, on his divine assignment in Amalek. These distractions always comes in form of irresistible temptations.
Man must understand the purpose of his sojourn, in the place of divine assignments. We must come to the reality, that when God sends us on his work, we are not entitled to turn left or right. We must focus solely on the harvest or the plough. If God sends us to sow, me must not consider harvesting – Jesus said the harvest is ripe. This means John the Baptist and the prophets of old had sown in all their previous admonishments. The purpose of the apostles were teachings, apostolic, prophetic works and manifestation of the Holy Ghost predicating on the congregation.
Amalek being the place of purpose differs to person, which predicates on time and season. Some of us are called to Canaan, some to Babylon and others to Galilee. Amalek is the place where we carry out God’s assignment. We must understand that the place of purpose differs per time and it is based solely on God’s decision. The assignment at Amalek was genocide and nothing else. God didn’t ask Saul to capture Agag alive, God didn’t need any legal proceedings to vindicate or condemn Agag. Agag was born guilty as an Amalekite because his progenitors made efforts to truncate God’s plan for Israel. Heaven had already delivered a verdict of death upon Agag.
We must be careful of the distractions, when carrying out God’s assignment. We perceive that these distractions in our own selfish interest, would be an acceptable offering unto God. God doesn’t need the offering, he desires the complete obedience of divine obligations. King Saul and his troops wanted to celebrate their victory, using cattle. It was a way to show that they conquered Amalekite.
In today’s world, there are many distractions to the modern Christian - Wealth and other material things that easily besets our flesh. We perceive affluence the only way, we can show the world that we are fulfilling destiny. These distractions come as the only way, we can sell the efficacy of our relevance and purpose to the world. We amass wealth in an ungodly dimension and claim we want to use it to promote God’s work. It should be of note that every decision taken outside God’s instruction is a sin – the sacrifice therefore becomes abominable to God. Jesus was not distracted by the miracles and other awesome works he was doing. He didn’t change his mind on dying, so he could continue in the miraculous. Apostle Paul admonished that we should finish the race well (2Tim4:7). King Saul didn’t end well. God validates man’s sonship via complete obedience to his instructions, and thus empowers him to be a son of God. It is therefore admonished that we focus solely on God’s purpose for our lives, taking our eyes of the distractions.
To access the life of a Victor. You must have a relationship with Jesus. Confess Jesus as your Lord and savior today, believing he died for your sins and resurrected for your justification.