of the Amalekites!
said, "Indeed, [my] hand is [lifted up] toward the Lord’s throne. The Lord will be at war with Amalek from
generation to generation.”—Exodus 17:16
The Amalekites were the persistent and relentless enemies of the Israelites.
When the Israelites sought to enter the Promised Land, the Amalekites stood in
their way (Exod.
17:8–16). Once the Israelites were in the Promised Land and seeking to enjoy
what God had given them, the Amalekites joined the Midianites to torment the
Hebrews in the days of Gideon (Judg. 6:3). It was
an Amalekite that caused the downfall of King Saul (1 Sam. 15:9, 28). The
Amalekites continually sought to hinder the progress of God's people and to rob
them of God's blessing. Thus God swore His enmity against them for eternity.
As you move forward in your pilgrimage with the Lord, there will be
"Amalekites” that will seek to distract and defeat you. God is determined to
remove anything that keeps you from experiencing Him to the fullest. If your
commitment to your job is keeping you from obedience to Him, God will declare
war against it. If a relationship, materialism, or a destructive activity is
keeping you from obeying God's will, He will wage relentless war against it.
There is nothing so precious to you that God will not be its avowed enemy if it
keeps you from His will for your life. King Saul mistakenly thought he could
associate with Amalekites and still fulfill the will of the Lord (1 Sam. 15:8–9).
You may also be hesitant to rid yourself of that which causes you to compromise
your obedience to God. Don't make the same mistake as King Saul. He did not take
the Amalekites seriously enough, and it cost him dearly.—Experiencing God
Day by Day