There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).
Beloved, I remember back in secondary school, I took an agriculture test. I didn’t really like agriculture so was very glad to find that the question was something I had revised for. The test was a breeze and I was so pleased with myself about what I had written.
It also happened to be just before midterm break so I went home so happy. However, I couldn’t wait to get back just so I could see my results. I was expecting to get above 80 percent! However, when I got my paper back, I failed miserably. What? It can’t be! I went straight to the teacher. Why? I honestly felt they had made a mistake until I was showed what I had done wrong. I didn’t follow the instructions correctly and I think I gave the right answers to the wrong questions. But the thing is that if they hadn’t pointed my mistake out, I wouldn’t have realised it and while I was on break, if anybody had told me I would come back to such results, I would have told them where to go.
The Bible tells us of Saul. God gave him specific instructions and he was so pleased with himself that he had carried it out that… he set up for himself a monument or trophy [of his victory]… (1 Samuel 15:12 AMPC).
And when Samuel found Saul, he was proud to say… Blessed are you of the Lord. I have performed what the Lord ordered (1 Samuel 15:13 AMP). The Message translation says… I ACCOMPLISHED GOD’S PLAN TO THE LETTER… Really? A-Z? Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. (1 Samuel 15:14 NLT). And he had the nerve to argue. Samuel asked… Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?” “BUT I DID OBEY THE LORD,” SAUL INSISTED. “I CARRIED OUT THE MISSION HE GAVE ME… (1 Samuel 15:19-20 NLT).
Saul’s defense was that his… troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal (1 Samuel 15:21 NLT). They brought a sacrifice to the Lord and Saul was convinced he had done the right thing. However, our feature text says we could be decieved thinking we are there doing the right thing. That day Samuel told Saul… “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today (1 Samuel 15:28).
Beloved, I can only wonder how many things we are doing wrong that seem right in our eyes. Jesus came to give sight to the blind and He gave us the Spirit of truth who guides us into all truth (John 16:13). Today I pray He opens our eyes to the things that displease God.