“Saving the best for _______.”
I’m guessing that most of us would fill in the blank with the word, “last.” Am I right? But, after reading about the Israelites battle against the Amalekites, the word that came to mind was, “self.” And, that’s exactly what the people of God did – they saved the best for themselves.
God’s clear command to the army of Israel as they marched into battle was to “utterly destroy” all the livestock; nothing was to remain. However, that’s not what they did. We can read about it in 1 Sam 15:9 – “But Saul and the people spared Agag and the BEST of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was GOOD, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but everything DESPISED and WORTHLESS, that they utterly destroyed.” (emphasis added)
It’s interesting to look at what they kept and what they destroyed. They were more than willing to destroy those things that were despicable and worthless – who wants anything like that anyway? But those things that were good or best (which literally meant “beautiful”) – those they clung to, despite God’s command to do otherwise.
Everything within me wants to be able to wag my finger at them; however, I know I’m frequently guilty of the same thing. When it comes to giving to God or others, I’m often tempted to keep the best things, the beautiful things, the valuable things for myself, and only part with the worthless.
May we one day be able to honestly say that we’re, “Saving the best for Him.” –Dave
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