Have you ever been in the car with a bunch of friends or hanging out over someone’s house, when out of nowhere comes this odor that smells nasty? No warning, no sound, no time to brace yourself for it; it just hits you. You can’t see it, you can’t even hear it; it’s silent but it’s extremely lethal. This is what happens when we disobey a direct command from God. We might not reap the consequences immediately, but later on in life, they’ll catch up with us. Without warning, without hesitation, they’ll come out of nowhere and hit you.
We see an example of this in King Saul’s life. In 1 Samuel 15:1-22, God commands Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites and don’t spare anything. Saul did not obey but rather spared Agag, king of the Amalekites, and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the lambs, and everything that was good. Saul thought it would be alright to save the best in order to sacrifice them to God. Samuel, the prophet of God, shows up and tells Saul “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” You can serve people sacrificially, you can sacrificially give, you can make all the sacrifices you want, but if you don’t obey, it does you no good. What is it that God is telling you to do? You need to do it or else all the sacrifices you make will be useless.
Later on in 2 Samuel 1:1-10, we read that a man from Saul’s camp shows up in front of David to tell him that Saul is dead. David asked the man how he knew that Saul was dead. The man replied that he had killed Saul. This man who killed Saul was an Amalekite. The very people who God commanded Saul to utterly destroy ended up killing him. If you don’t obey God when He tells you to destroy something in your life, that very thing will wind up killing you. Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, said “If you don’t let your past die, it won’t let you live.”
So what is it in your life that God is telling you to destroy, let go of, or kill? Is it a relationship, an addiction, or possession? Maybe it’s something that happened to you, an event from your past, or regrets that you are still holding on to. Whatever it is, destroy it, let go of it, kill it. Because if you don’t, it will eventually end up killing you. Let it die today, so that you can start to live.