“Listening to the Voice of God”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Franklin Garcia.

Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, listen the voice of the words of the Lord.  Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel…  Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. 1 Samuel 15

Samuel makes it clear for Saul. God, the one who chose you as king, is giving you these instructions, so now listen to THE VOICE OF THE LORD, go to Amalek and kill them all. But Saul left King Amalek and some animals alive. Samuel asked him “Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord?” And Saul responded, “Because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.”

Saul was obligated to listen to God’s voice, not to anybody else’s. When Saul decided to ignore God’s voice, he sinned against Him. God rejected Saul for ignoring His voice and instead listening to the voices of others. Saul will no longer hear God’s voice, because God will not speak to him again. How many times does God speak to us and we choose to ignore His voice, preferring to listen to other’s voices? Ignoring God’s voice will have consequences in our lives. If God is asking you to do something, do not fear what people might say. Instead, listen and obey His voice, and leave the results to Him.